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academic administrator , Linguistics educator

Sture Allén, Swedish Academic administrator, linguistics educator. Recipient Henrik Ahrenberg prize U. Göteborg, 1966, Language Cultivation prize, Swedish Academy, 1979, Erik Wellander prize Swedish Language Committee, 1980, Golden Ladder award Studema, 1987, Her Majesty King's medal King Charles XVI Gustavus, 1987, Chester Carlson Research prize, 1988, medal of Merit City of Göteborg, 1994; named Knight Comdr Order of White Rose Finland, 1994.


Allén, Sture was born on December 31, 1928 in Göteborg, Sweden. Son of Bror G. and Hanna (Johanson) Allén.


Bachelor, University Göteborg, 1954. License philosophy, University Göteborg, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University Göteborg, 1965.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Åbo University, Finland, 1988.


Assistant professor Scandinavian languages, U. Göteborg, 1965-1970; professor computational linguistics, U. Göteborg, 1979-1993; pro-rector, U. Göteborg, 1980-1986; founder department computational linguistics, U. Göteborg, 1972; founder Swedish Language Bank, U. Göteborg, 1975; associate professor computational linguistics, Human Research Council, 1970-1972; professor, Human Research Council, 1972-1979; permanent secretary, Swedish Academy, Stockholm, since 1986. Board directors Chalmers U. Technology, Göteborg.


  • Other Work

    • Author and co-author of numerous textbooks, dictionaries, glossaries, etc.


Board directors Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, 1987-1999, Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, Göteborg, 1994-2000. With Swedish Royal Coast Artillery, 1948-1949. Member Society Linguistica Europeae, Nordic Association Linguists, Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (board directors 1977-1989), Swedish Language Committee (vice chairman 1979-1999), Royal Society Arts and Sciences of Göteborg, Royal Academy Letters, History and Antiquities, Swedish Academy (Margit Pahlson linguistic prize 2000), Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Sciences, Academia Europaea, Society Swedish Literature in Finland, Icelandic Society Sciences, Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, Finnish Society Sciences and Letters.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, sports.


Married Solveig Janson, June 5, 1954. Children: Karin, Eivor, Ingemar.

Bror G. Allén

Hanna (Johanson) Allén

Solveig Janson

Karin Allén

Ingemar Allén

Eivor Allén