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Allenby, Richard J., 1923-2017



Richard J. Allenby was born on July 4, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1944, after which he entered the US Army Signal Corps and served during World War II. After the war, Allenby got his PhD in geophysics from the University of Toronto and joined Standard Oil, working in the United States, Columbia and South America. After returning to the US, Allenby joined NASA in Washington, DC as director of the Manned Space Science for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Lunar Programs. In this capacity, Allenby taught astronauts about the geology they might encounter on the moon. After the Apollo program succeeded, he transitioned to the Goddard Space Flight Center where he specialized in the study of tectonic plate movement and its impact on earthquakes. He stayed with Goddard until his retirement and continued to consult with them through a research position at the University of Maryland. Allenby died on January 11, 2017.

NASA Scientist. Dartmouth class of 1944.

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Richard Allenby papers

Identifier: MS-1024
Date(s): 1965 to 1974

Richard J. Allenby (1923-2017), NASA director of Manned Space Science. Dartmouth College Class of 1944. The collection contains , photographs, illustrations, technical reports, mission reports, and programs of the NASA manned and unmanned space programs.

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