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Name: Papish, Jacob

Historical Note: Born in Pinsk, Russia, in 1887, Papish graduated from the Gymnasium in the provincial city of Thula, north of Moscow. One day, while on his way home, he was arrested by a railroad inspector for carrying uncensored literature. He was sentenced to deportation to Siberia but managed to escape from prison, using a forged passport, and came to New York in 1905. He enrolled in engineering at Cooper Union, an institution which was the haven for many penniless, eager young people who needed to support themselves while getting an education. Papish managed to meet expenses by setting type for a Canal Street shop and by sketching designs for a garment trade journal. To further his education and win an academic degree, Papish started for Northwestern University at Chicago, but ran out of funds on the way. A sympathetic train conductor advised that "there is a perfectly good university in the next town, Valparaiso", and Papish dropped off there. He received the B.S. degree from Valparaiso University in 1910 and taught analytical chemistry there from 1910 to 1914. He next moved on to Indiana University where he was an instructor in chemistry and qualified for his A.M. degree in 1917. Following a short stay at Purdue, he came to Cornell In 1919 to instruct and continue his graduate studies, majoring in Inorganic Chemistry with L. M. Dennis and with minors in Analytical Chemistry under Chamot and Economic Geology under Ries. He was awarded the Ph.D. in 1921. Dr. Papish continued at Cornell as an instructor in Chemical Spectroscopy and was promoted to professor in 1925.
Sources: Retrieved January 22, 2010 from http://www.chem.cornell.edu/alumni/pdf/news14.pdf

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