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Ernest Amatniek


Amatniek, Ernest

Amatniek, Ernest. (Alva,Ernest; Amat, Ernest); b. December 5, 1914 (1915), Talin, Estonia; Estonian American; Arrived in the US in October 1929 at age 13; attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx and the City College of New York where he studied electrical engineering; Single; Photographic processor (lithographer) and Radio technician; YCL 1931 (1932) and CP 1932, education director; received passport#364435 which listed his address as 214 East Mount Eden Avenue, and 315 East Mount Eden Avenue, both Bronx, New York; Arrived in Spain on February 14, 1937 and entered the IB on February 17, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Transmissiones; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII Civilian employed in ; d. April 9, 2005, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Source: SACB, Cadre, Americans, RA, Mac-Pap, Letter from Sara Amatniek; (obituary) Chris Brooks, “Ernest Amatniek, 1915-2005,” The Volunteer, Volume 27, No. 2, June 2005, p. 20; Ancestry, SSN.

 Photograph: Ernest Amatniek, Transmiciones, August 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0236. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



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Additional Notes Born in Tallin, Estonia, to Latvian parents who were naturalized citizens, Amatniek came to the U.S. at the age of 14. He attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx and City College, where he studied electrical engineering. He served with the Lincoln battalion in the signal corps in Spain. During World War II, he designed and put into production radar identification equipment for the Navy. Ernie later worked at the neurophysiology laboratory of Columbia University’s Medical School, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, during the 1950s. While there, he developed a compact, wide band electrometer amplifier, also called a neutralized input capacitance amplifier. In the 1960s, he founded and was president of Bioelectric Instruments of Yonkers, a company that was sold in 1970. Lincoln vet Ted Veltfort worked with him there. Later, Ernie was a consulting engineer in neurophysiology laboratories at the Mount Sinai and Albert Einstein Colleges of Medicine, as well as at Columbia. Ernie married artist and art teacher Sara Berlin in 1949. Lincoln vet Ernest Amatniek died on April 9, 2005, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was 89. - Chris Brooks