With great sadness and regret, the College announces the passing of Professor William Richard (Twink) Allen CBE BVSc (Syd), PhD (Cantab), ScD (Cantab), DSc (h.c.mult), DESM, Dip ECAR, FRAgSE, FSB, FRCVS,CBE, Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College, and formerly the Jim Joel Professor of Equine Reproduction, University of Cambridge from 1996-2007, who died on 6 June 2021, aged 80.

Twink was a Veterinary graduate from the University of Sydney, who came to Cambridge in 1966 for his PhD.  A Post-doctoral Fellowship at The Animal Research Station, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge followed from 1970-1972, then Director, TBA Equine Fertility Unit, Mertoun Paddocks, Woodditton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, from 1988-2007.

Twink was appointed Jim Joel Professor of Equine Reproduction at the University of Cambridge in 1996 (retired in December, 2007). He then became the Honorary Director of the Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction, Newmarket, from 2008-2015.  His final position was as Director of The Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Sharjah Equine Hospital, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates since 2015.