Person - Kish, Leslie (1910-2000)

Kish, Leslie (1910-2000)




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Slovakia  1910-07-27 - Michigan (Estados Unidos)  2000-10-07


Kish, Leslie was born in Poprad, Slovakia, on the 27th of July 1910. He arrived with his family in the USA in 1926. Within a year, his father died and Leslie became the principal wage earner in a five-person household. By 1929, he had secured full-time employment as a lab assistant at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. One year later, he finished Bay Ridge Evening High School and enrolled in the College of the City of New York evening program. He became a U.S. citizen in 1936.

In 1937, with less than one college year left, Kish joined the International Brigades and went to Spain to fight for the Loyalists. He served with the Rakosi Battalion of the 12th International Brigade in Guadalajara and Huesca where he was wounded in action on the 12th of June 1937, so he had to stay three weeks in the hospital of Benicassim. Then, he went to John Brown Battery that had 3 guns of 155mm in Extremadura and Toledo as sergeant and ended as lieutenant. He returned to the United States on the 4th of February 1939 aboard the "President Harding". This year he received a Bachelor of Sciences in mathematics, cum laude, from the College of the City of New York.

Kish was hired by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in 1940, and in 1941 moved to the Division of Program Surveys of the Department of Agriculture. From 1942 to 1945 he served as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war he returned to the Department of Agriculture, but in 1947 moved to the University of Michigan as a member of the newly created Survey Research Center, which later became the Institute for Social Research (ISR). While working full time, Kish received an M.A. in mathematical statistics in 1948 and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1952. He became a lecturer at the University of Michigan in 1951, an Associate Professor in 1956, a professor in 1960 and professor emeritus in 1981. He died on the 7th of October 2000 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






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Estados Unidos

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Slovakia in 1910-07-27

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Michigan (Estados Unidos) in 2000-10-07

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