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Celebrating 150 years of Michael Pupin's birth

Michael Idvorsky Pupin (1858 - 1935)

Professor of electro-mechanic, Columbia University New York


In 1924, Pupin's autobiography "From Immigrant To Inventor" received the Pulitzer Prize as the best autobiography in America.


Letter to Michael Pupin from American President Warren Warding.


Above: Michael Pupin grave is located at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York.

Above: A tribute to Michael Pupin's Gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York, 1992.

Pupin's Photos

  1. (Photo) A painting of Michael Pupin by Carle Blenner in Pupin Hall, Columbia University, New York.

  2. (Photo) "The Village Church in Idvor", Yugoslavia, where Pupin was born.

  3. (Photo) Gymnasium in Pancevo, Yugoslavia.

  4. (Photo) Michael Pupin's mother, Olympladia Pupin

  5. (Photo) Pupin's book: "Romance of the Machine"

  6. (Photo) Pupin's book: "The New Reformation"

  7. (Photo) The Steamship "Westphalia" which Pupin landed in New York with on March 26th 1874.

  8. (Photo) Men of Progress - American Inventors, which inspired Pupin

  9. (Photo) Pupins Estate in Northfork, Connecticut

  10. (Photo) The library of Cooper Union, 1874-75, where Pupin studied evening classes

  11. (Photo) Columbia University which Pupin entered in the autumn of 1879.

  12. (Photo) Michael Pupin won the inter-class wrestling match in 1880.

  13. (Photo) On graduation 1883, Pupin was appointed the first Tyndall Fellow and spent the next six years at the University of Cambridge, England and Berlin.

  14. (Photo) After a year at Cambridge, Pupin went to the University of Berlin.

  15. (Photo) Pupin studied in Berlin with Professor Helmhatz and received a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1889.

  16. (Photo) Pupin's friend, American President Wilson and French President Clemanceau on Paris Peace Conference, 1919, where Yugoslavia, Poland and various countries were founded after WW1.  Pupin was one of the founders of Yugoslavia.

  17. (Photo) La Grange, called the "French Newton" wrote a paper "Researches sur la Nature et la Propagation de Sou" which was the basis for Pupin's invention of loaded line in telephone transmission.

  18. (Photo) Pupin's coil was of the highest importance in telephone transmission.

  19. (Photo) In December, 1895, Roentgen announced his discovery of X-rays.

  20. (Photo) On January 2, 1896, Pupin took the first X-ray photography made in America. On April 6, 1896, Pupin announced the discovery of secondary X-radiation which reduced exposure of a patient to X-rays from 1 hour to several seconds.

  21. (Photo) Pupin and his friend Thomas Edison, with the aid of Edison's phosphorescent screen Pupin was able to discover secondary X-ray radiation to make good X-ray pictures in a few seconds of exposure.

  22. (Photo) Four photos of Michael Pupin, his daughter and son-in-law.

  23. (Photo) Pupin's Funeral on March 12, 1935.

  24. Article on Pupin's Funeral, March 12, 1935.


Readings About Michael Pupin


  1. (Photo)Pupin Physics Laboratories at Columbia University, New York City 

  2. Michael Pupin wins Pulitzers Prize Diploma

  3. (Photo) Pupin's grave at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York  

  4. (Photo) JAMA Article about Michael Pupin (Dec. 4, 1981)

  5. (Photo) Pupin Physics Laboratory in New York City

  6. (Photo) The John Fritz Medal

  7. (Photo) Biographical Memoir: Michael Pupin from the National Academy of Sciences (Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

  8. Yugoslav President Kostunica presents bust of Michael I. Pupin to Columbia University

  9. U.S. Postage Stamps 1754 - Columbia University - 1954

  10. Dr. Ljubo Vujovic in Pupin Physics Laboratory, under a painting of Michael Pupin, at Columbia University, New York.

  11. Ms. Lalla R. Grimes, Administrative Coordinator, Physics Department in Pupin Physics Laboratory, under a painting of Michael Pupin, at Columbia University, New York.

  12. U.S. President Eisenhower was also President of Columbia University, present in this photo

  Pupin Medalists

The Pupin Medal was established in the year 1958/59 to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Michael I. Pupin, distinguished inventor in many fields including those of the telegraph and telephone, and a member of the Engineering Faculty, Columbia University, New York, from 1901-1931.

The Pupin Award is presented in recognition of distinguished "Service to the nation".

Click here for Pupin Medalists: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3


Memorial Services at Michael Pupin's Grave

Tesla Memorial Society of New York organized memorial services for Michael Pupin's on his grave in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York in October 1993.   Serbian Priest Father Sinisa Jocic dispersed native soil brought from Pupin's home in Idvor, Yugoslavia over Pupin's grave and conducted a memorial ceremony.  The Tesla Memorial Society of New York, the Serbian community and  representatives of Columbia University (Professor Chien-Shiung Wu, candidate for Nobel Prize in Physics and Professor Samuel Devons, Chairman of the Physics Department at Pupin Physics Laboratory) came together to celebrate memorial services for Michael I. Pupin. 

On October 5, 1993 Serbian Patriarch Pavle visited Serbian Orthodox Cathedral "St. Sava" in Manhattan, New York and blessed the native soil brought from Pupin's home in Idvor, Yugoslavia.  Dr. Ljubo Vujovic was holding the native soil while Patriarch Pavle blessed the soil.  The soil was later dispersed over Pupin's grave.

Professor Chien-Shiung Wu (1912 - 1997), was the candidate for Nobel Prize in Physics and a receiver of a Pupin Medal for her 1954 experiments which disproved the widely accepted principle of "conservation of parity". Professor Wu's 1963 experiments confirmed the existence of weak magnetism in beta decay.  Professor Wu was an admirer of Michael Pupin and was a member of the American Delegation which participated in 1974 celebration of Pupin's birth which was held in Pupin's birth place in Idvor and at the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.  Professor Wu and Professor Devons participated and were valuable advisers in the film: "From Immigrant to Inventor: Michael Pupin Remembered".  This film was created by the Tesla Memorial Society of New York in cooperation with Columbia University, New York.  The film was based on Pupin's autobiography "From Immigrant to Inventor" which received the Pulitzer's Prize as the best autobiography in America at that time.


"From Immigrant to Inventor : Michael Pupin Remembered": VHS

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Yugoslav President Kostunica presents bust of Michael I. Pupin to Columbia University

The President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Dr. Vojislav Kostunica had a lecture on September 13, 2002 at Columbia University's School of National Affairs.  Kostunica's speech titled "The Quest for the Rule of Law: The Yugoslav Case", which was enthusiastically greeted by the audience of the Harriman Institute.

After the lecture Kostunica presented a bust of Michael Pupin as a personal gift to the University.  The bronze bust was created by the renown Serbian sculptor Drinka Radovanovic.

Pupin was a famous Serbian-American inventor and scholar who attended and taught at Columbia University.  After Pupin's death in 1935, the building of the Physics Laboratory at Columbia University was named "PUPIN'S PHYSICS LABORATORY" in his honor.  28 Nobel Prize winners presided at Pupin's Physics Laboratory.  The Manhattan Project and the First Nuclear Pile started at Pupin's Physics Laboratory.  This project was the first scientific work conducted on the development of the atomic bomb produced by the US.  Many scientific discoveries in the last century took place at 'Pupin's Physics Laboratory'.

Dean Zvi Galil, who accepted the gift (the bust of Michael Pupin) on behalf of Columbia University said, "Everyone knows that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Simplifying a bit, what Bell really invented was local telephone calls.  It was Michael Pupin who made long distance and international phones calls possible and the gadget that enabled it was Pupin's inductance coil".

The most prestigious prize of the Engineering School is the "Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation", Dean Galil assured President Kostunica that the school would make very good use of the bust. "We will display it (the bust) at each award ceremony so Michael Pupin will be there both in bronze and in spirit".


  1. Photo of the Bronze Bust of Michael I. Pupin presented by the Yugoslav President to Columbia University.

  2. Article in "Columbia University: Engineering News", Fall 2002 entitled "Yugoslav President Presents Bust of Michael I. Pupin to Columbia".


Pupin's Diplomas

  1. Woodrow Wilson Foundation

  2. Doctor of Laws: New York University

  3. George Washington University: Doctor of Humane Letters

  4. The Regents of the University of California: Doctor of Laws

  5. The Washington Award

  6. Johns Hopkins University: Doctor of Laws

  7. The Society of the Sigma XI

  8. The Radio Club of America

  9. Senatus Academicus

  10. The Pulitzer Prize

  11. The John Fritz Medal

  12. Photo of Pupin and Dr. E. W. Rice, Jr.  Pupin in this photo received "The John Fritz Gold Medal"

  13. The Electrical Engineering Society

  14. The Council of the American Geographical Society

  15. (Photo) Michael Pupin receiving the Washington Award in Chicago, Illinois

Pupin's Patents

Pupin Patents selected by Dragan Bogojevich, MSEE (click here for website)

Pupin Biographies

Michael I. Pupin's biography from John Kayganovich (click here for website)

Michael I. Pupin's biography from IEEE History Center (click here for website)

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past (click here for website)

Adventures in Cybersound: Michael Pupin: 1858-1935 (click here for website)