Anton P. Zeleznikar

Curriculum vitae

Last updated: February 2, 2004

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Anton P(avel) Zeleznikar was born in Slovenjgradec (former Yugoslavia), on June 8, 1928, as the seventh child of Vinko Zeleznikar (1887), MD, and Pavla, (1898, born Rogina), a teacher. The father was an innovative surgeon and the head physician of the hospital in Slovenjgradec. In the family, ten children have been born: two half-brothers, two half-sisters, three brothers, and two sisters.

He began to learn German and piano in 1933, before his basic schooling. After five classes of the basic school in Slovenjgradec (1934-1939) he became a student of the realgymnasium in Maribor (1939-1941). By German occupation, first, he visited the third and the fourth class of Hauptschule (in the then Windischgraz), and thereupon the fifth and the sixth class of the Tegetthoff Gymnasium in then being Marburg/Drau. The schooling in the German gymnasium was decisive for his later professional and value orientation. The most of the teachers of the gymnasium held the doctor of science degree, so he could absorb in a relatively short time a tremendous amount of their knowledge and experience, especially in German, English, and mathematics, but also in Latin.

In May, 1945, he was called in the State Security Troops of the National Liberation Army, serving as a soldier up to February, 1946. The expierence in this service (killing of class enemies, and the so-called enemy collaborators and traitors) turned him definitely away from the communist ideology, realizing the most perverted human values, especially the cynicism of the leading communists, shaping their revolutionary careers.

In 1946, he finished the so-called nostrification exams for the gymnasium classes three to six. Afterwards he decided to study classes seven, eight, and gymnasium matura on a private basis, thus escaping the ideological nonsense performed onto students he knew too well from his military service. In 1948, he finally passed the exams and matura, getting a valuable experience in self-studying principles, methodology, and disciplined work.

In 1948, he became a student of the Technical Faculty of the University in Ljubljana and, later, of the Electronic Department (altogether 10 semesters). His distinguished teachers at that time have been J. Plemelj (mathematics), A. Peterlin (physics), and V. Kozelj (theoretical electroengineering). He defended his diploma work in 1956, entitled "Magnetostrictive memory loop", being a part of the amplitude analyzer.

Since 1955, he was employed in Jozef Stefan Institute, in the Elelctronics Department. His work was oriented into the then emerging digital engineering using vacuum tubes and transistors. On this path he became aware of the significance of the modern technology, proceeding deeply into the sophisticated computer and software engineering and research.

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