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​This award honors individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative research contribution that has changed, or has the potential to change, the direction of research in any field of plant pathology. Nominees for this award need not be members of the society. Re​cipients of the Ruth Allen Award receive a plaque and a cash prize derived from a fund established by the heirs of Dr. Allen.

Note: Fellows are not eligible to be nominated for excellence awards except when the new nominations are for accomplishments different from that on which the Fellow nomination was based, and the new accomplishment has occurred after recognition as a Fellow.

Award Winners:

1966 H. H. Flor
1967 F. O. Holmes
1968 M. K. Brakke
1969 W. C. Snyder
1970 J. B. Bancroft
1971 H. Asuyama
1971 Y. Doi
1971 T. Ishiie
1971 M. Teranaka
1971 K. Yora
1972 R. L. Steere
1973 F. M. Latterell
1973 H. H. Luke
1974 A. C. Goheen
1974 W. B. Hewitt
1974 D. J. Raski
1975 I. A. M. Cruickshank
1976 T. O. Diener
1977 J. W. Gerdemann
1977 D. H. Marx
1978 L. M. Black
1979 J. E. Vanderplank
1980 H. H. Murakishi
1981 R. J. Shepherd
1982 A. Kerr
1983 S. Bartnicki-Garcia
1983 C. E. Bracker
1983 J. Ruiz-Herrera
1984 Wen-Hsiung Ko
1985 W. F. Rochow
1986 R. M. Lister
1987 D. C. Arny
1987 S. E. Lindow
1987 C. D. Upper
1988 P. G. Ahlquist
1989 T. P. Pirone

1990 R. N. Beachy
1991 G. E. Templeton
1992 J. R. Edwardson
1992 E. Hiebert
1992 D. E. Purcifull
1992 R. G. Christie
1993 H. H. Triantaphyllou
1993 A. C. Triantaphyllou
1994 H. C. Hoch
1994 R. C. Staples
1995 N. T. Keen
1995 B. J. Staskawicz
1996 B. Kirkpatrick
1997 R. J. Cook
1997 L. S. Thomashow
1997 D. M. Weller
1998 H. A. J. Hoitink
1999 Bruce McDonald
2000 J. Carrington
2000 W. G. Dougherty
2001 R.  E. Davis
2002 D.C. Baulcombe
2003 L. Madden
2004 H. Judelson
2005 A. Jackson
2005 T. J. Morris
2006 T. Baum
2006 E. Davis
2006 R. Hussey
2007 H. Scholthof
2008 P. Nagy
2009 D. Nuss
2010 R. Loria
2011 V. V. Dolja
2012 J. L. Dangl
2013 Y-H Lee and S. Kang 

2014 I. Carbone
2015 N.J. Grunwald
2016 P. Balint-Kurti
2017 H. Jin
2018 Krishna V. Subbarao