Nikola Hajdin, the President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and
Alexsandr Marincic, a member of the Academy, are featured speakers in a program
commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Mihailo "Michael" Pupin, the
Serbian-American physicist and electrical engineer who devised a means of
greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication. The Njegos
Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia, together with the
Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center, are sponsoring the
program in honor of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
(SEAS), whose Department of Physics is housed in a building named after Dr.
Pupin. The event will be held on Thurs., June 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Graduate
Student Lounge, 301 Philosophy Hall.
The program will begin with a welcome from Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy,
director of the Harriman Institute, followed by Marincic, who will deliver a
speech on "Michael Pupin: Life and Legacy." In addition, Hajdin will talk about
"Modern Bridges in Serbia."After the formal addresses, the Serbian Academy
of Sciences and Arts will present medals to Zvi Galil, dean of SEAS, and to Dr.
Ljubo Vujovic, Secretary General of the New York Tesla Memorial Society, and
Lalla Grimes, administrative coordinator of the physics department in
recognition of their outstanding efforts to improve Serbian-American