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Allan Bé

Allan Bé

American micropaleontologist
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AKA Allan W. H. Bé
Date of death Oct 13, 1983
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Allan Wie Hwa Bé (1921 – October 13, 1983) was a micropaleontologist. He was considered a pioneer in research about planktonic foraminiferal ecology. He also served as president of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research.

Personal life

Bé enjoyed cross-country skiing and swimming. He died suddenly October 13, 1983.


Bé worked primarily out of the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory. In the mid 20th-century he researched the distribution of planktonic foraminifera species in the environment based on the seasons, and developed taxonomy work about the species. In the 1970s and 1980s, he worked with O. Roger Anderson, exploring how environmental changes affect individual planktonic foraminifera. He published an average of five papers per year, to a total of approximately 100. He served as president of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research.

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