born in New York City, on June 18, 1918, the son of Sadie Helen (Kun) and Louis Karfunkle. Both were immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father was born in Przebenia, Poland. His father was a Coney Island businessman; his mother, a homemaker, was a pianist and organist.
Married Isabella Lugoski in 1942.
Had three daughters:
Louise Karle (born 1946) is a theoretical chemist
Jean Karle (1950) is an organic chemist
Madeleine Karle (1955) is a museum specialist with expertise in the field of geology.
Started college at the age of 15 and received his bachelor's degree from the City College of New York in 1937.
Earned a master's degree in biology from Harvard University in 1938.
Worked for the New York State Department of Health, where he developed a method to measure dissolved fluoride levels, a technique that would become a standard for water fluoridation.
Enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Michigan in 1940 and met his future wife, Isabella Lugoski, who was sitting at an adjoining desk during his first course in physical chemistry. The two married in 1942. They were both supervised in their Ph.D. studies by physical chemist Lawrence Brockway. Awarded his PhD in 1944.
Worked in the Manhattan Project during WWII.
Worked at the US Naval Research Laboratory from 1944 to 2009.
Co-recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
↑ "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7XW-DCS : accessed 24 October 2017), Jerome Karfinkle in household of Louis Karfinkle, Brooklyn (Districts 1251-1500), Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1296, sheet 9B, line 54, family 122, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1497; FHL microfilm 2,341,232.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3YZ-3GQ : accessed 24 October 2017), Jerome Karfunkly in household of Louis Karfunkly, Assembly District 16, Brooklyn, New York City, Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 24-1928, sheet 62A, line 21, family 386, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2596.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KLQ2-NYF : 20 May 2014), Jerome Karle, 06 Jun 2013; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).