WPI Professor Emeritus Forges a New Theory in an Ancient Land

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Michael W. Klein, WPI professor emeritus of physics, moved to Jerusalem in 1997, where he continues independent work on a new theory to explain the properties of high-temperature superconductors. In February he was invited to speak at an international conference on high-temperature superconductivity>a topic that will shape the future of technology and of fundamental physics. Klein retired in 1995 but continued to guide doctoral work in theoretical physics at WPI until he emigrated to Israel with his wife, Lida.

The Kleins previously lived in Brookline, Mass. In their new home, they enjoy proximity to their children and grandchildren, and the exhilarating atmosphere of a cosmopolitan city. "Jerusalem is culturally one of the most stimulating cities in the world," says Klein. "The quantity and quality of scholarship that emanates from this Eternal City is just indescribable. Not only is it the center of all monotheistic religions, but it carries the rich culture of 3,500 years with it. Every stone that is turned has ancient cultures hidden under it." Klein also hopes to complete a book about his experience during the Holocaust, when he was among those saved by German businessman Oskar Schindler, who was profiled in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film, Schindler's List.

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