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Steve Bertha was born in Budapest, Hungary but grew up in Venezuela. In 1963, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Chemistry, then attended Florida State University where, in 1967, he graduated with a PhD in Chemistry. He worked as a research chemist at DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, and for thirty-one years, he managed the inventions of Yale University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He founded the Chemistry Department of Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and later served as director of the University-based Industrial Research Institute. He has traveled extensively worldwide, including Hungary and its surrounding neighbors, and has written a partial biography so his children and grandchildren will know about their origins. He has been an active member of the University Club since joining in 2015. He cochairs the Foreign Affairs Group, is a member of the Spanish-Speaking Group, reviews books regularly for the Book Review Group, and currently serves as a Director.

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