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Tony Allan (1937-2021)

Pioneering geographer, Tony Allan attended the Boys' School until 1953.
11 May 2021
In Memoriam
In Memoriam
In Memoriam

After leaving Dame Allan's Tony studied Geography at Durham University. Following a short period of national service, Tony returned to academia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, now SOAS University of London, where he completed his PhD.

Tony Allan began his career as geographer at King’s College London and committed his working life to achieving sustainable and fair water usage. His work transformed 'the way governments and businesses think about water, with implications for everything from eating breakfast to international trade. He did it through devising the concept of virtual water – the water “embedded” through being consumed in the production of food, clothing and industrial goods.' 

Colleagues at SOAS remembered Tony as 'A remarkable scholar and a warm and generous human being'.

To read an obituary to Tony on the Guardian website, click here.  There is also a tribute from SOAS University which you can read here 

Fellow Allanian Keith Atkinson has along with a colleague, written an obituary to Tony which you can read by clicking here

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