- 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 May 2017 he took up a Humboldt Research Award at the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons in Germany. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals. Prof. Allen is a member of the editorial board of the journal Ultramicroscopy.