Anton Wilhelm Amo and Adoption
African-Dutch-German academic and philosopher
Amo was born on the Gold Coast (Ghana) about 1703 and taken to Amsterdam when he was about four. He was given to the Duke of Wolfenbüttel and baptised Anton Wilhelm. He was educated with support from the Princess of Braunschweig, and studied at the university of Wittenberg (with a PhD from Wittenberg in 1730), also learning Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, German and Dutch. He became a lecturer at Halle and Wittenberg universities, but in the 1750s, after his patroness' death, he was forced by racists to return to Africa. The Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg has an annual Anton Wilhelm Amo Prize of DM 2,000 in his honor.
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