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AHEC HONORARY MEMBER

Andrew Peter Pohl



Andrew Peter Pohl

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

II was born in Budapest - 1932 Dec.10 by parents not well accepted in a communistic system: my mother Magdalena Muranyi daughter of State Nyir's governor (Foispan) my father Victor Pohl chairman of the Hungarian National-Bank. Of coarse I was not accepted at any university because of my heritage... so I learned a trade as mechanic. In the first year as tradesman I became a celebrated communistic idol a "Stahanovist" (through my work efficiency) which opened all doors to universities. I graduated at the Budapest Pedagogic University Mathematic & Physic Faculty in early 1956. In July same year I was arrested and as political prisoner I experienced all the horrors of Fo-utca Military Prison (because I was Officer of Reserve as all University Graduates) - Andrassy-ut finally Marko. My sentencing date was December 10 -- but in October I was freed and became active fighting member of the II. district council. In December I crossed over the Austrian border with my fighting group retracting from the Russian invasion. Next year in absence I was sentenced to death, hanging by the neck as appreciation from the Kadar communistic regime at home. Free in the West in January 1957 I received a Ford scholarship at the Aachen (West-Germany) university, Mechanical Engineering Faculty and graduated in 1970. The next 40 years I traveled the world mostly through my business. In the eighties we (my wife and me) were invited to America as some of our research work became public. In the meantime I received the third citizenship (Hungarian, German, American) and settled in Virginia where we are running our own research institute in the field of Environmental Technologies. Next to my duties as Institute Chairman I am voluntary rescue pilot for the American Red Cross which makes my old days colorful.
Respectfully,
Andrew Peter Pohl

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