Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs

Jacobs, Joseph, 1854-1916, Jewish writer, historian, and folklorist, b. Australia. He lived in England until 1900, when he went to the United States to edit a revision of The Jewish Encyclopedia. He was later a teacher at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and editor of the American Hebrew. His major contributions to Jewish history include Jews of Angevin England (1893), An Inquiry into the Sources of the History of the Jews in Spain (1894), and Jewish Contributions to Civilization (1919), an incomplete fragment. His Story of Geographical Discovery (1899) went through a number of editions. From 1889 to 1900 he edited Folk-Lore, the journal of the Folk-Lore Society. He compiled several collections of fairy tales and edited scholarly editions of Aesop's fables (1889) and the Thousand and One Nights (6 vol., 1896).
Dr Joseph Jacobs was one of the scientists responsible for creating DDT.

Belying the oft-repeated claim that DDT is highly dangerous to human beings, he told Joseph Farah of "falling into a vat of DDT and emerging unscathed with no after-effects."

John Pollock wrote:

Synthesising it for the Allies, Dr. Joseph Jacobs got drenched in the stuff. Six decades later, he shrugs it off. "In science and life, everything is a balance between pluses and minuses. We shipped 500 pounds to Italy, where Allied troops were suffering from typhus. 5000 lives were saved. I've always been rather proud of that. If you consider the good DDT’s done, compared with the relatively innocuous side-effects, there’s no contest."
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