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From immigrant to inventor

Pupin, Michael Idvorsky

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: London, 1923
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6 p.l., 396 pages. frontis illustration, plates, ports., facsim., diagrams. 23 cm. Index. No dust jacket. Covers somewhat worn and soiled; small tear/chip at top of spine. Small tear to edge of illustration at page 328. Michael Pupin's was a genuinely American story, the lifelong journey of a boy from rural Serbia, from a town so tiny it appeared on no maps, who became one of the greatest scientists of the early 20th century, changing the lives of people the world over with his technological innovations-he invented the therapeutic X-ray and made telephone communications practical and inexpensive-and helping to invent the modern world we know today. First published in 1922, Pupin's autobiography won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924, but Pupin's insightful and incisive words are their own greatest recommendation. American physicist and writer MICHAEL IDVORSKY PUPIN (1858-1935) was born in Serbia and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. As a professor and researcher at Columbia University, he invented sonar and made important discoveries in the fields of X-ray physics and telecommunications. From Wikipedia: "Mihajlo Pupin was born on October 9 (September 27, OS) 1854. in village Idvor (today municipality of Kova ica, Serbia) in Banat, Austrian Empire. Pupin went to elementary school in his birthplace, to Serbian orthodox school, and later to German elementary school in Perlez. He enrolled in high school in Pan evo, and later in Realka. Because of his activity in the movement Serbian youth, which at that time had many problems with German police authorities, Pupin had to leave Pan evo. In 1872 he went to Prague, where he continued the sixth and first half of the seventh year. After his father died, in March 1874, twenty year-old Pupin decided to cancel his education in Prague due to financial problems and to move to America. When I landed at Castle Garden, forty-eight years ago, I had only five cents in my pocket. Had I brought five hundred dollars, instead of five cents, my immediate career in the new, and to me perfectly strange, land would have been the same. A young immigrant such as I was then does not begin his career until he has spent all the money which he has brought with him. I brought five cents, and immediately spent it upon a piece of prune pie, which turned out to be a bogus prune pie. It contained nothing but pits of prunes. If I had brought five hundred dollars, it would have taken me a little longer to spend it, mostly upon bogus things, but the struggle which awaited me would have been the same in each case. It is no handicap to a boy immigrant to land here penniless; it is not a handicap to any boy to be penniless when he strikes out for an independent career, provided that he has the stamina to stand the hardships that may be in store for him. For next five years in the USA Pupin worked as a manual laborer (most notably, at the biscuit factory on Cortlandt Street in Manhattan) and meanwhile he was learning English, Greek and Latin. He also gave private lectures. After three years of various courses, in the autumn of 1879 he successfully finished the tests and entered Columbia College in 1879, where he became known as an exceptional athlete and scholar. A friend of Pupin's predicted that his physique would make him a splendid oarsman, and that Columbia would do anything for a good oarsman. A popular student, he was elected president of his class in his Junior year. He graduated with honors in 1883 and became an American citizen at the same time. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Berlin under Hermann von Helmholtz, and in 1889 returned to Columbia University to become a lecturer of mathematical physics in the newly formed Department of Electrical Engineering. Pupin's research pioneered carrier wave detection and current analysis. Pupin completed his studies in 1883 as one of the best students, especially in the field of physics and mathematics, which gave him a diploma. Later, he went back to Europe, Bookseller Inventory # 66446

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Title: From immigrant to inventor

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York: London

Publication Date: 1923

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good condition

Edition: First Edition/First Printing.

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