The book, As I Remember Him, The Biography of R. S.,1 is an undisguised autobiography of Hans Zinsser, natural philosopher, bacteriologist, poet, and a highly rational intellectual. He was not one who appeared to be a different person to different individuals; rather these attributes and accomplishments were intimately interwoven, continually seeking expression in words or deeds. Through his personality and presentation of outstanding texts in infection and bacteriology, he exerted a great and profound influence on his students in the classroom and his research associates in the laboratory at a time when these subjects were approaching professional maturity in America.
Hans was born in New York City, the first generation of German-born parents. His father was a successful chemist; his mother had been educated in a convent in the Black Forest. After being tutored at home, he spent a school year in Wiesbaden, Germany, and entered Columbia College, more
J.H.T.. HANS ZINSSER (1848-1940)—AS ONE REMEMBERS HIM. JAMA. 1964;188(3):314–315. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290118042