Allen, Paul Hamilton, 1911-1963

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Biographical History

Paul Hamilton Allen (1911 – 1963) was born August 29, in Enid, Oklahoma. His interest in botany developed early. He was a student apprentice with the Missouri Botanical Garden and later a student assistant and botanical collector in Panama for staff members C. W. Dodge and Julian Steyermark. Allen spent much of his subsequent career living and working in Central America, first managing the Missouri Botanical Garden’s tropical research station, and later as the superintendent of the Canal Zone Experimental Station at Summit. He would go on to work for the United Fruit Company in several capacities including at their research department and as the director of their Lancetilla Experimental Station. Allen studied and published about the flora of Central and South America. He passed away November 14, 1963, from cancer.


Hodge, W. H. (1964)."Paul Hamilton Allen, 1911 - 1963." Taxon, 8 (3) 73 - 77. Retrieved July 30, 2013 from

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