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Otto Schnepp was born in 1925 in Austria. In January 1939, at age 13, he left Vienna, and met his parents in Shanghai where they had arrived a month earlier. Schnepp attended the Shanghai Jewish School, then the Public and Thomas Hanbury School, and finally graduated from St. John's University in 1947. He received the doctorate from Berkeley in 1951 and taught at the Technion in Haifa for thirteen years. In 1965 Schnepp took a position in the Chemistry Department at the University of Southern California, where he eventually became Chair.

Schnepp returned to China as science advisor to the United States Embassy in Beijing in 1980. He retired from the USC Chemistry Department in 1992, and since 1994 has been Director of the USC East Asian Study Center.