Victor S. Mamatey

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Victor Samuel Mamatey (February 2, 1917 - January 18, 2007) was an American professor to history.


Mamatey was born in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. His father, Albert Mamatey, was a Slovak immigrant to the United States, active in Slovak immigrant organizations in the United States.

Mamatey spent his childhood years in Bratislava. Subsequently he earned a diploma from the Comenius University in Bratislava, and then completed his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, before earning his Master of Arts from Harvard University.

In 1942 Mamatey enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps and served in the China-India-Burma theatre. After demobilization, Mamatey enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris where he earned his PhD title.

In 1949 Mamatey moved to Tallahassee, Florida, to accept a faculty position with the history department at Florida State University. He was promoted to chairman of the department in 1964. In 1967 he moved to the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia he assumed the duties of research professor and served for a year in 1972 and 1973 as acting dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In 1984 he retired.

A recognized expert in East European history, Mamatey authored, co-authored and edited a number of books and other publications on the subject. He earned an American Historical Association George Louis Beer Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Mamatey supported the University Library in Bratislava, Slovakia, to which he regularly sent large volumes of books on Slavic studies he had collected. The University Library in Bratislava maintains a Library of Victor S. Mamatey.

Mamatey died in Tallahassee, Florida.

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