Francis N. Dukes-Dobos

Francis N. Dukes-Dobos


Francis N. Dukes-Dobos was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1920.  He was 21 years old when the Nazis sent him into forced labour.  Two of his five sisters were deported to Auschwitz.  After more than three years in forced labour, when the war was almost over and his worker battalion had been stationed in Budapest during retreat from the Soviet troops, he escaped and hid in the Swiss Consulate.  Following the liberation in 1945, Francis enrolled in medical school.  After graduation he became a clinical scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Hungary.  Meanwhile, he also married Elizabeth Kaufman (now deceased) in 1946, and they had one daughter, Anne.

During the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, Francis and his family escaped to the United States, where he became a research associate at Johns Hopkins University.  He was later employed by the U.S. government at the NIOSH research facility in Ohio.  In 1966 the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, invited him to work as a visiting scientist for two years.  When Francis retired in 1985, he moved to Clearwater, Florida, and worked as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida.  He has published over 70 scientific papers, some of which have been cited worldwide.  He also served as president of the B’nai B’rith lodges in both Cincinnati and Clearwater.  Francis lived with his wife Carol.


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