Joseph P. Allen IV
Graduation Year: 1959
Induction Year: 1994
Sport (s): Wrestling

Joe Allen competed on DePauw's first varsity wrestling team during his senior year. At the 123-pound class he helped the Tigers to a 9-1 dual match record, including wins in the final nine matches. He placed third at the Little State Meet. Allen was a Rector Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa at DePauw. Following graduation from DePauw he was a Fulbright Scholar at Christian Albrechts Universitat in Germany and then earned an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Yale. He was selected by NASA as a scientist-astronaut and later flew aboard the Columbia space shuttle in 1982 and Discovery in 1984. He served as the director of Arvin Industries and chair of several space-related organizations. A publisher of two books, Allen has written over 40 papers in the fields of physics, space operations, space research and science education. He received an Alumni Citation from DePauw in 1972 and was the Old Gold Goblet recipient in 1985. Allen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1983 from DePauw. He has served on the Alumni Board and Board of Visitors at DePauw and was a speaker at the University's Sesquicentennial celebration. Allen was a 1987 Julian Lecturer and served on the 1987 Fund for DePauw Science Steering Committee. He currently serves as president of Space Industries International.