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Pupin, Michael Idvorskylocked

(04 October 1858–12 March 1935)
  • Daniel Martin Dumych


Pupin, Michael Idvorsky (04 October 1858–12 March 1935), physicist and inventor, was born in the village of Idvor, in Banat, Austria-Hungary, the son of Konstantin Pupin, a farmer and village chief, and Olympiada (maiden name unknown). Pupin’s elementary education, obtained in his home village of Idvor, was strongly supported by his mother, who revered learning and, Pupin later recalled, told him, “Knowledge is the golden ladder over which we climb to heaven.” His scholastic accomplishments led him to further schooling in the nearby town of Panchevo, where he was introduced, in a rudimentary way, to the mysteries of electricity. Pupin was captivated by the story of ...

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