1974 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"It's good to leave something to this world that will stand the test of time and help others."
Harold Scheie was born in Brookings County, South Dakota, in 1909. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1921 and an M.D. in 1936. In 1940, he received a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he became an instructor and then associate professor of ophthalmology in the medical school. He served with the Army during World War II and saved Lord Mountbatten after a jeep accident. He retired from the Army in 1964 with the rank of Brigadier General. For most of his professional life, he remained connected with the University of Pennsylvania, serving as department chair from 1960 until 1977. In 1972, he founded the Scheie Eye Institute. He developed a technique for cataract removal that became widely used and ultimately named for him.* Deceased