Childhood and Studies
Algirdas Avizienis was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on
July 8, 1932 and received his primary education there. His family
left Lithuania in 1944 and
lived in UN-IRO "displaced person" camps in Western Germany in 1945-50, where he graduated from the Lithuanian
Gymnasium at Hanau in 1949. He has resided in the United States
since March, 1950.
He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all
in electrical engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
in 1954, 1955, and 1960, respectively.
From 1956 to 1960 he was
associated with the Digital Computer Laboratory at the University
of Illinois as a Research Assistant and Fellow,
participating in the design of the ILLIAC II computer and completing
a Ph.D. thesis
that devised the class of "signed-digit" number
systems for fast digital arithmetic.