PROF Les J. Allen

PROF Les J. Allen


  • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (Atomic resolution imaging and spectroscopy, electron scattering, inner-shell ionization, phase imaging)



  • Les Allen holds a PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of South Africa. His research interests are in the area of atomic resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy. He was awarded the John Sanders Medal of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society in 2006. From 2011-2015 he was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 he received a Humboldt Research Award to enable him to undertake research at the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons in Germany. He was awarded the 2018 Vernon Cosslett Medal of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy in recognition of his seminal achievements in electron scattering theory and its application to the development and interpretation of electron diffraction, imaging and spectroscopy experiments. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals. Prof. Allen is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ultramicroscopy.   


Member of

  • Institute of Physics (UK). Affiliate 2010 -
  • Australian Institute of Physics. Fellow 1993 -
  • The University of Melbourne Council. Academic Staff 2005 - 2007


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of South Africa 1980
  • MSc, University of Port Elizabeth 1974
  • BSc Hons, University of Port Elizabeth 1973

Awards and honors

  • John Sanders Medal (for excellence in developing or applying electron microscopy techniques), Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society, 2006



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