By Michael W. Klein,
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Michael Klein was born into the family of a Chassidic rabbi in a small town in southern Hungary.
secular education ended at sixth grade, but he
continued to study at the Yeshiva till age fourteen, when the Germans occupied Hungary in 1944.
had just turned fifteen when he
was deported with his
parents and ten brothers and sisters to the Ghetto, and then to Auschwitz.
Only the author and two older sisters survived.
By the time the war ended the author was seriously ill with tuberculosis.
spent the next six years in tuberculosis hospitals, during which time he
struggled not only to stay alive, but also to educate himself, studying English, German, mathematics and physics on his
Finally, in 1952, he
entered the University of Colorado
, majored in engineering-physics, and graduated first in his
He earned his PhD in theoretical physics at Cornell University in 1962, He became a professor of physics, and has published scores of scientific articles.