Ivan "Buddy" Haller was born in Hungary in 1934. He survived the Holocaust, and later fled Budapest as a student after the Hungarian revolution and subsequent Soviet invasion in 1956. With the help of the International Rescue Committee, he immigrated to the United States where he attended the University of California at Berkeley. He completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry and was awarded the Texaco Fellowship. He spent more than 30 years as a research scientist with IBM Watson Research and finished his career at Weill Cornell Hospital and Medical College in New York. His achievements also include 8 U.S. patents for scientific inventions and processes. He was loved and admired by many.
The IRC's New Jersey office currently works with over 150 refugee students; and new students arrive each month. The trauma of being forced from their home, prolonged separation from loved ones, displacement, language barriers and poor or lapsed education compounds the academic challenges faced by refugee youth. And yet, with support they persevere and thrive. This new scholarship will honor Ivan Haller by supporting the education of selected refugee children who wish to pursue science as a career.
Your contribution will help to preserve the memory of an accomplished scientist who received assistance from IRC at the beginning of his journey. At the same time, it will also nurture the development of future leaders in the field, refugee youth who are currently at the beginning of their own journeys and would benefit immensely from the added support and recognition of a scholarship.
We thank you sincerely for any donation you can make to this fund.