The Last


at Harvard

The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

Meet the 18: George Jones

George Jones
Born: Muskogee, OK, 1942
Prepared at: Manual Training High School, Muskogee, OK

See, from my perspective, I was going to be the anomaly at Harvard. As a matter of fact, I thought that you other guys were really sort of already connected to what I considered being the Harvard culture. And, I wasn't. There was a time at which I felt that I needed to change that so that I would look more like the quote, unquote, Harvard Man. 

George grew up in a strong family and a strong Black community in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where education was highly valued and seriously achieved. He was interested in the sciences since childhood, and majored in Biology at Harvard and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. George started his academic and research career at the University of Michigan and recently retired as the Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of Biology at Emery University in Atlanta. His research area has been genetics, cell and developmental biology.