William Bradshaw Amos

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William Bradshaw Amos
Born (1945-11-21) November 21, 1945 (age 70)[1]
Alma mater
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
Occupation biologist
Employer Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Scientific career
Thesis Aspects of contraction in the Peritrich stalk (1975)

William Bradshaw Amos FRS (born 1945) is a British biologist, Emeritus Scientist at the MRC, Laboratory of Molecular Biology.[2] He led a team that developed the "Mesolens", a microscope with a giant lens.[3][4]


He graduated from University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts degree,[when?] and from University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in 1970.

Career and research[edit]

He was Research Assistant from 1966 to 1967, Research Student from 1967 to 1970, and Research Fellow from 1970 to 1974 at King's College, Cambridge. He taught at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge from 1973 to 1978.


  • 1994 Mullard Award and Medal of the Royal Society
  • 1995 Rank Prize for Optoelectronics
  • 2002 Progress Medal of the Royal Photographic Society
  • 2002 Ernst Abbe Award for Lifetime Achievement of the New York Microscopical Society