Dr. Kopec served 43 years of dedicated service to NYU.
An innovator who designed the first semi-automatic micromanipulator driven by servo-motors and simple computer circuits as well as device for repetitive microinjection of sub nanoliter volumes.
Dr. Kopac was an innovator who designed the first semi-automatic micromanipulator driven by servo-motors and simple computer circuits. He also pioneered a mechanical device for the repetitive microinjection of sub-nanoliter volumes of substances into cells. This device was later developed for commercialization. Dr. Kopec published more than 150 papers in cellular microsurgery, cytochemistry, genetics, cancer cytology and cell physiology. In addition to his love of science, he was an accomplished pianist who supported himself in his early years as a student playing in jazz bands “Mike Kopec: King of the Ivories”.
Dr. Kopac was President of the New York Academy of Sciences (1960); a Fellow of the NY Academy of Sciences (1946); Member Board of Trustees of the NY Academy of Science, Member of the Harvey Society and on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Damon Runyon Cancer fund.
Dr. Kopec died on Nov 2, 1989 at age 86.