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Frank H. Columbus

Frank Columbus Frank Harry Columbus was born on February 26th, 1941 in Pennsylvania. He joined the army upon graduation of high school and went on to complete his education at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. In 1969, he became the Vice-President of Cambridge Scientific and in 1975, he was invited to work for Plenum Publishing (now a part of Springer), where he was the Vice-President until 1985 when he founded Nova Science Publishers.

Frank was a proud American at heart, but was not traditional in many ways. Growing up with a difficult childhood, he left Pennsylvania early in his life. He went on to learn Russian fluently and until his death, Moscow was his favorite place to be. In 1979, he met his future wife, Nadya Gotsiridze at the Moscow Book Fair. They went on to marry and have two children – Maya Natalie and Alexandra Marie Columbus. Without much money, he put expenses on credit cards and took his children to  different parts of the world as it was important to him that they were exposed to different cultures, ideas, struggles and other ways of life. Being well-read was also important and both he and wife sure their children were reading at a young age. To his death, he often sent books to  prisons throughout the United States as he believed it was everybody’s right to have access to books to gain knowledge.

Frank saw everyone as equal  and treated everyone the same regardless of status or wealth. His humble beginnings were a constant reminder of where he came from. When working, Frank would often listen to classical music (Ave Maria was a favorite) or American oldies such as Little Richard, Johnny Cash and Bill Haley. His sense of humour was unique, and his kindness and empathy towards others was obvious to anybody who met him. To recall all the things he did for others would not fit into this short biography. To show how much he is missed is not possible.

To understand this great man a little better, we added “Frank’s Writings” to this website. In there, you will find letters and emails he wrote to his family and his colleagues throughout his life.

We will end this short biography with his favorite poem If which sums up Frank’s philosophy on life, the way he approached the many challenges that came his way, and how he saw the world.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies
Or being hated don’t give way to hating
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream;
And not make dreams your master
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you
If all men count with you, but none too much
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling