Sergei K. Chernonozhkin

How, when, and why have you joined the Programming Department?: 

I joined the PD in 1977 on assignment upon graduating from the Novosibirsk State University.

What was your first impression of Andrei Ershov and other colleagues?: 

I first met Ershov during my second year at the university. My scientific supervisor was Valery Grushetsky, and his direct superior was Andrei Baehrs. They both worked at the Programming Department.

What can you tell about your work at the PD? In what projects you participated? What research fields did you work on? Who was your first direct supervisor?: 

My first project was SAPPHIRE, and then there were ASTRA and RUBIN. These projects were carried out under Ershov’s direction.

Who of your colleagues most influenced your professional growth?: 

Grushetsky, Baehrs, Ershov, Pottosin.

Can you name the PD visitors who you remember the most?: 

It’s not easy to do, from the top of my head – it was so many of them. Andrei Terekhov from Leningrad; Nikolai Shumakov from Krasnoyarsk-26, who can hardly be ranked as visitor – he worked on his degree thesis here at the same time as I did. The Department was implementing projects under contracts with the firm Nikolai worked at, and he came here (and still does) on business trips frequently.

I remember visits of V. Ivannikov, editor in chief of Programmirovanie journal.

Many visitors came to attend the conferences. Funny things often happened. Once, at the IFIP Congress, I had a badge with my name "Chernonozhkin" (which means "having black legs"). A colleague from Poland decided that my name sounds slightly different and means "having black nose", so he tried to put a black foam microphone cover on my nose.

What, in your opinion, are the most significant scientific and practical results obtained at the Programming Department?: 

The works in program translation, compilation methods and tools.

Can you remember the most joyous day at the Department?: 

The Department anniversary celebrations were always very merry events. Once we celebrated an anniversary in a café at the Circus, and on the way back to Akademgorodok we turned off to the beach and had a moonlight swim.

The tradition held, and now after each conference dinner party those who wish go to the beach for a night swim.

…And the saddest one?: 

The day of Ershov’s funeral.

What is your current occupation?: 

It is practically the same, plus teaching.

With whom of your colleagues at PD are you still connected professionally, or simply on friendly terms?: 

With my colleagues at IIS, since I work there myself; with Vladimir Detushev, who now works at the institute next door.

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