T. Allen Pryor, PhD


The T. Allan Pryor, PhD, Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Allan Pryor, PhD. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a first year graduate assistantship to an incoming PhD-seeking student. The award will be offered to a student during the admissions season in early spring, in years when funds are able to support, and will begin the following fall semester.

Consideration will be given to those applicants who demonstrate academic excellence. The recipient will be paid as a graduate assistant in order to qualify the student for the graduate school's tuition benefit program that pays 100% regular tuition. The scholarship will also pay the differential tuition fees, health insurance premium up to $2,000 and $1,000 travel expenses. The total value of the scholarship is approximately $55,000.

In return, the student will perform a set of specified tasks (20 hours per week), and must choose a faculty supervisory chair by March, who will pick up the student's support at the conclusion of this scholarship. US citizenship is not required for application.


Students interested in applying for this scholarship should submit a letter of interest as part of the application process to the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

T. Allan Pryor, PhD

Allan PryorDr. T. Allan Pryor was one of the giants of the biomedical informatics community. From the beginning of his career, his contributions to medical informatics have been ground breaking and innovative. While at the University of Utah, Allan (Al) wrote the first computer program to automatically interpret an electrocardiogram. Shortly after he joined the faculty of the then named Medical Biophysics and Computing department at the U of U (which would evolve into the current Department of Biomedical Informatics). Most of his research was done at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. There he was the principal architect of the first medical record system that included knowledge based decision support. In 2001 Al retired as a beloved Professor of Medical Informatics and as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Intermountain Health Care. Many students credit Al's mentorship as the foundation for their careers in biomedical informatics. Dr. T. Allan Pryor passed away in 2009 leaving a legacy of dedicated service, teaching and research to the biomedical informatics community. Students and colleagues remember him for his invaluable support and mentorship.

American College of Medical Informatics
In Memoriam, 2009-2010
by Miriam Bloom

In this special section, initiated by Past President Joyce Mitchell in the expectation that it will become an ACMI tradition, we memorialize the lives of the fellows who died during her presidency.

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