People

Prof. Alexander Kaplan
Prof. Alexander Kaplan
Home Page: psi.ece.jhu.edu
Alexander E. Kaplan was born in former USSR in 1938. He received his M.S. degree in Physics from the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) in 1961, and his Ph.D. degree in Physics & Mathematics from the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Gorkii State University, Gorkii, USSR, in 1967. In October 1979, he immigrated to the USA. According to the Science Citation Index, Dr. Kaplan's work has been cited by other researchers about 150/year within last 10 years. INFO-RUSS mailing list "started on August 15'91 with about 40 addresses, and has now about 1200 addresses on its distribution list. It is intended to link people in a Russian-speaking or having related interests community outside of ex-Sovok (mostly, but not exclusively, refugees and emigrants) to each other, to be of info-help to them, and to serve as a medium for informal communication in that community in the US and worldwide."



Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin
Home Page: stanford.edu
Time Cover Story: 'In Search of the Real Google': "UM alumnus Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, gets a visit from his dad, faculty member Michael, in a Time magazine feature. "Brin, 32, has also been precocious all his life. Born into a Jewish family in Moscow, Brin fled Russia with his parents amid rising anti-Semitism in the late 1970s and settled in the U.S. Brin's father Michael teaches applied probability and statistics at the University of Maryland; his mother works at NASA. Brin from an early age was fascinated with numbers; his father gave him his first computer, a Commodore 64, when he turned 9. Brin's other love is gymnastics, and he studied flying trapeze at a circus school in San Francisco. He has lately taken up springboard diving. Michael Brin recently visited the West Coast to check in on his son, the billionaire. 'Sergey was a good boy,' Michael wisecracks, 'when he was asleep.' "
Wikipedia: Early life. Sergey was born in Moscow, Russia to a Jewish family. At the age of 6, Sergey and his family emigrated to the United States to escape anti-Semitism in what was then the U.S.S.R. His father is Mikhail ("Michael") Brin, a mathematician who works at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he continues to teach today. His mother is Eugenia Brin, a mathematician and civil engineer by training who currently works as a specialist at NASA. Sergey also has a younger brother, Samuel. Education. Sergey attended grade school in the U.S. at Paint Branch Montessori School in Adelphi, Maryland, but he received further education at home; his father nurtured his interest in mathematics and his family helped him retain his Russian language skills. In September 1990, after having attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Sergey enrolled in the University of Maryland, College Park to study Computer Science and Mathematics, where he received his Bachelors of Science in May 1993 with high honors. After graduating from Maryland, Sergey received a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation, which allowed him to study for his masters degree in Computer Science at Stanford University. Sergey received his masters degree in August 1995 ahead of schedule in the process of his Ph.D. studies. Though he is still enrolled in the Stanford doctoral program, Sergey has suspended his Ph.D. studies indefinitely while he is working at Google. Sergey also received an honorary MBA from the Instituto de Empresa.



Oleg Kalugin
Oleg Kalugin
Home Page: cicentre.com

"Oleg Danilovich Kalugin is a retired Major General in the Soviet KGB. Born in Leningrad in 1934, his father was an officer in Stalin's NKVD. Oleg Kalugin attended Leningrad State University and was recruited by the KGB for foreign intelligence work, serving in the First Chief Directorate. Undercover as a journalist, he attended Columbia University in New York as a Fulbright Scholar in 1958 and then worked as a Radio Moscow correspondent at the UN in New York, conducting espionage and influence operations. From 1965 to 1970, he served as deputy rezident and acting chief of the Rezidency at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC. General Kalugin rose quickly in the First Chief Directorate, becoming the youngest general in the history of the KGB, and eventually he became the head of worldwide foreign counterintelligence (Line KR). Serving at the center of some of the most important espionage cases of his period, including the Walker spy ring, he quickly became known for his aggressive operational methodology."