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JORDAN BARUCH

1923–2011

Elected in 1974

“For contributions to technology transfer to industry,
noise control systems, and application of computer technology.”

BY LEO L. BERANEK

JORDAN JAY BARUCH was born August 21, 1923, in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn. Both his father and grandfather were in the wholesale fur business until the collapse of that business in the 1940s. Jordan’s father then sought other opportunities, becoming a stockbroker in a small Wall Street firm. Jordan already knew how to read when he entered Midwood Elementary School (PS 99) and graduated eighth grade as an honor student in January 1936. At James Madison High School he participated in the after-school activities of the Microscope Club. One of his projects on hydroponics was selected to be exhibited in the New York World’s Fair. A talk of his, based on another high school project, “On the Action of Ions on Cardiac Muscles—A Home Made Kymograph,” was named “Best of the Session” by the Science Congress of the American Institute. The kymograph was made up of parts that Jordan bought from junk pushcarts. During these years, Jordan was an enthusiastic Boy Scout, becoming an Eagle Scout. Later in life he was a Boy Scout leader.

In 1940 he entered Brooklyn College. In his freshman physics class, Jordan’s professor announced there would be gender-segregated seating in alphabetical order. Jordan Baruch, the first male, sat next to Rhoda Wasserman, the last female. Jordan invited Rhoda to the BioMed Society Dance. Four years



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