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Ginsburg, Charles Paulsonlocked

(27 July 1920–09 April 1992)
  • David Marc


Ginsburg, Charles Paulson (27 July 1920–09 April 1992), inventor and electrical engineer, was born and raised in San Francisco, the son of a Russian Jewish father who was a physician specializing in radiology and an American-born mother. Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 1924, just two years after the discovery of insulin changed the disease from a fatal to a treatable condition, he was among the first to survive diabetes to advanced age through daily self-administered insulin injections. Ginsburg won admission to Lowell High School, a special public school for academically gifted students, graduating in 1937. That same year he enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, intending to become a physician, but after two years of premedical studies his intellectual curiosity led him in other directions. In 1939 he transferred to the University of California, Davis, to study genetics and animal husbandry. But in 1940, lacking funds, he quit school and moved to San Jose, finding work as a sound technician, first for a recording company and then a broadcasting company. In 1942 he resumed his education as a part-time student at San Jose State College (now San Jose State University), pursuing a degree in engineering and mathematics. Excused from military service because of his insulin dependence, Ginsburg was in demand as a radio engineer during World War II....

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