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
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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