Alexander ("Alex") Felix Knoll was born in New York on September 25, 1901, the son of German immigrants Mary and Joseph Knoll, owners of a grocery store. He grew up in Manhattan, New York, and earned his A.B. Degree in Chemistry from Yale in 1922, then his M.D. from Columbia University 1926, after which he served for a while as a Chemistry instructor at Columbia. His doctoral dissertation was on "Reaction of organic compounds at the surface of heavy metal sulfides."
Knoll married Amanda Keehn (1907-2001), and together they purchased a home in Westfield, New Jersey in 1943, by which time he was already a mineral collector (as shown by the address on a small number of his labels. He served in the U.S. Navy beginning in 1944 (at the rank of Seaman 1st Class). After his discharge he worked as a metallurgist for the Metals Disintegrating Company, Inc. (receiving at least one patent while there).
Knoll became expert in the mineralogy of Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey. The Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society published a pamphlet he wrote entitled Mineral Identification for Amateurs.
Alex Knoll died in Lakewood, New Jersey in September 1981. Twenty years later his family donated some of his mineral collection (several thousand specimens and micromounts plus various books and analytical equipment) to Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. The remainder, which was substantial, was sold to Howard Heitner in 2000.
Social Security Death Index.
U.S. Federal Census, 1910, 1920.
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.
SCHAEFER, B. (2011) Personal communication.
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