Harry Eagle, a pioneer in medical research, died June 12 in Port Chester, N.Y., at the age of 86.

Eagle, who received the National Medal of Science in 1987, developed one of the first methods for creating Eagle growth medium, the compounds needed for the growth of human and animal tissue in a laboratory (Science, 129:252-4, 1959). He also contributed to the discovery that blood clotting is an enzyme process; advanced cancer chemotherapy; engineered a diagnostic test for syphilis; and identified various medical uses of penicillin.

Eagle graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1927. He performed research there for the next 20 years. In 1947, he joined the National Cancer Institute and later the National Microbiological Institute until 1959. From 1961 until his retirement in 1988, he was director of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Cancer Research Center in the Bronx.

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