Yuri A. Pervin

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

I was transferred from The Novosibirsk Branch of IPMCE on March 11, 1976, when the School Informatics Group was formed at Ershov’s department.

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

Andrei Ershov was my all-time idol. I knew him and many of my future colleagues well before my transfer to the PD.

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?: 

I devoted myself to school informatics; all my projects were in that field, and Ershov was my supervisor. All his accomplishments in school informatics were made in the PD: the term "school informatics" itself, which was devised in his Computing Center office room, and the draft State Program, and the first textbooks, and the schedule of all Young Programmers Summer Schools.

Who of your colleagues most influenced your professional growth?: 

Alexey A. Lyapunov and Andrei P. Ershov.

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

Isn’t education reform of a country like this a significant accomplishment?

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

There are exactly 5 such optimistic days – the birthdays of my children born in Akademgorodok.

…And the saddest one?: 

The saddest one was the day of Gennady Zvenigorodsky death. Andrei Petrovich passed away later, when I already lived in Pereslavl-Zalessky.

What is your current occupation?: 

Today I’m a professor at the Theory and Practice of Informatics Training Chair of Yaroslavl Pedagogical University, and at the Social and Pedagogical Informatics Chair at the Russian State Social University, although I live neither in Moscow nor in Yaroslavl, but exactly half way between them in Pereslavl-Zalessky.
I still teach, write books, and conduct summer schools. In addition to these activities, I supervise postgraduate students occasionally.

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

That’s paradoxical enough, but I meet a far away Bertrand Myer more often than my Novosibirsk colleagues. And strange at it may seem, we meet in Russia, where Meyer visits frequently.

What did you dream of? Did any of the dreams come true?: 

Yes, many dreams did come true. I remember the national plan of increase in the number of school computers at the time we were to receive the first computer class in Akademgorodok. The situation today has surpassed the dream.

Have you changed your view on programming since or during your days at the PD?: 

My view on programming has changed, but the eagerness to catch up with those ahead still remains.

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