Jan Marcin Engel
Honoring the bequest of Jan Engel to Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
During his lifetime, Jan Marcin Engel (1924-2008) devoted his time and energy to
supporting and volunteering for Jewish Records Indexing-Poland as well as
researching what he liked to call the "kinology" of the Engel Family. Jan developed
his own software program to show complicated family relationships and
found hundreds of new relatives – many of them Holocaust survivors. He published
the exhaustive genealogical work "The Engel Family," as well as Prominent
Jews of Lodz, Poland, during the Hundred Years Before World War II, an alphabetical
index of more than 600 Jewish families in Lodz taken from three separate
Jan wanted to help ensure that his commitment to Polish-Jewish research would
continue even after he was gone, and left a significant bequest to Jewish Records
Indexing Poland through which we are honored to commemorate Jan and his late
wife, Janet Greenky Engel.
Jan Engel was born in 1924 in what was then the Free State of Danzig, which
today is Gdansk, Poland. At the outbreak of World War II, he was attending
school in England and unable to return home. During the war years, he was an
air raid warden, diamond cutter, Polish translator, and later worked on a secret
radar project for the British government. records indexing projects.
He immigrated to the United States after the war, received his M.Sc. in
Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and became a US citizen in
1951. He worked for General Electric and Pacific Semi-Conductors before
joining IBM in 1958 where he spent the rest of his career in research
physics. Later he was instrumental in developing the APL computer language.
He authored many papers on physics, APL and Jewish genealogy,
and registered several patents."
His wife, Janet Greenky, and brother, Marcel Engel predeceased him by
In accordance with the wishes of his family, Jan Engel's generous bequest
to Jewish Records Indexing - Poland will be used to create additional and
expanded indices to various Lodz records indexing projects.