Allcock obtained his B.S. in 1953 and his Ph.D. in 1956, both at the University of London. He is notable for his work on the "inorganic rubbers" with a phosphorus-nitrogen backbone (polyphosphazenes). With James E. Mark and Robert West, Allcock co-authored the book Inorganic Polymers (Oxford University Press, 2005). He also wrote Introduction to Materials Chemistry (John Wiley & Sons, 2008), Chemistry and Applications of Polyphosphazenes (Wiley-Interscience, 2002, and co-authored Contemporary Polymer Chemistry (Prentice Hall, 2003) with Fred Lampe and James Mark.
Awards and honors
- American Chemical Society National Award in Polymer Chemistry (1984)
- Guggenheim Fellow (1986/1987)
- American Institute of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award (1989)
- American Chemical Society National Award in Materials Chemistry (1992)
- A.C.S. Herman Mark Award in Polymer Chemistry (1994)
- Penn State Graduate Commencement Speaker (1997 & 2005)
- Honorary degree from Loughborough University, U.K. (2006)
- American Chemical Society National Award in Applied Polymer Science (2007)
- Harry R. Allcock published articles about polymer chemistry, 1962-2004 Penn State University Libraries. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- Harry R. Allcock's faculty page at Penn State. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
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