HAROLD AMOS was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey. He graduated first in his class from Camden High School in 1936. After graduating from Springfield University in 1941, Harold Amos served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he completed his education, receiving his M.A. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. from the same institution in 1952.
Over the 41 years Dr. Amos became world renown in the scientific community as a microbiologist and as an educator at Harvard.
Dr. Amos died in Boston on 26 February 2003, shortly after suffering a stroke.
Harold Amos, scientist, educator, mentor, and avid Francophile, was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey, the second of nine children of Howard R. Amos Sr., who worked in the Philadelphia post office, and his wife Iola Johnson. Iola had been adopted by, and worked for, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family who home schooled her with their own children. This family remained lifelong friends of Iola and kept the young Amos family well supplied with books, including a biography of Louis Pasteur, which stimulated fourth-grader Harold’s interest in science. Harold did confide that an important factor in his becoming enchanted with microbiology and immunology at such a young age was the combination of Pasteur’s use of goats as experimental animals and his own dislike of the family goat.