To all who knew him, Tony Allan was a humble, kind and generous individual. Professor Tony Allan was an eminent scholar, most noted for his pioneering work on virtual water. He had a long and established career at the School of Oriental and African Studies and most recently at King’s College London. He was a true interdisciplinarian, starting his career as a physical geographer making a mark since the 1960s with extensive studies of Libya and working at the cutting edge of remote sensing. He was a prominent expert on the Middle East and North African region. He later engaged deeply and enthusiastically with the politics and policy of water resources management, which led to the ground-breaking work identifying the significance and role of water embedded in production and consumption. He also created and led the London Water Research Group, an inclusive and intercollegiate network of thinkers. He pushed those attending the numerous informal seminars and workshops to be more critical and better communicators.
Tony received the highly prestigious Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 as well as the Florence Monito Water Prize in 2013 and the Monaco Water Prize in 2013. His curiosity and research was unstoppable, producing several classic texts, including the Middle East Water Question (2001), Virtual Water: Tackling the Threat to Our Planet's Most Precious Resource (2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Food, Water and Society (2019). He devoted many decades to research, education and communication, inspiring generations of students, academics, activists, artists, farmers and professionals across the world.
Tony was a singular figure remembered for his extraordinary dedication, integrity, creativity, hard work, and courage.