Published by IEEE Computer Society Press. 392 pages. 6″ x 9″ Softcover. August 1999. ISBN 0-7695-0074-9.
Paul Druker and Yury Avrutin, both born in Moscow, in what was then the Soviet Union, became friends in the first grade of a Moscow elementary school. Despite being separated by the Iron Curtain for nearly twenty years, they maintained a close friendship. After Yury Avrutin left Russia for the United States, and Paul Druker remained in Moscow, they continued their friendship. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, they have collaborated on several projects in Russia and the US.
During their work on The Comprehensive Russian Computer Dictionary, Mr. Druker was responsible for the master database, while Mr. Avrutin worked on its internet counterpart. The Comprehensive Russian Computer Dictionary marked their first joint printed publication in the United States.
Paul Druker developed an interest in computers and programming during his early years in high school. He began programming professionally in the 1970s using a Russian programming language for the Soviet Minsk-32 mainframe computer. However, as Soviet-designed computers were replaced by Russian-built clones of IBM 370 mainframes, Mr. Druker found himself learning American technical terminology and has been working in English ever since.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Druker has programmed in over a dozen computer languages, including Assembler, Algol, Fortran, Cobol, PL/I, Pascal, C/C++, ObjectPAL, and PL/SQL. He has also gained extensive knowledge in database design and implementation.
In the early 1990s, while freelancing as a technical translator in Moscow, Mr. Druker discovered a lack of modern English-Russian computer dictionaries in the Russian market. This led him and two colleagues to compile and publish their own dictionary, resulting in two successful editions of 40,000 copies each: the IBM PC User’s English-Russian Dictionary.
Mr. Druker holds a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Electronic Machinery and a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Moscow Railroad Institute. He is an expert in database design, development, and administration. Currently, he serves as an Oracle DBA at Perot Systems Corp. in Reston, VA. Previously, he designed and administered Oracle databases at the IEEE Computer Society headquarters in Washington, DC.
In 1993, Paul Druker immigrated to the United States with his family. He currently resides in Northern Virginia, in the Washington suburbs, with his wife, two teenage sons, a dog, and two cats. The Druker family enjoys activities such as traveling, bike riding, playing ping pong, and surfing the Internet.
Yury Avrutin began
Yury Avrutin’s journey into digital computing hardware began in the mid-1970s when he hand-soldered an IMSAI-8080 and later worked with a PDP-8 equipped with 4k of toroidal core memory. Throughout his career, he has worked on various proprietary hardware and machines running operating systems such as Unix, VAX, Interdata, Honeywell, CP/M, and MS-DOS. He is proficient in internetworking and has experience with high-level programming languages including Perl, C, Ada, Fortran, Pascal, PL/M, Atlas, as well as assembly and obscure machine languages such as PAL-8, Macro11, ATAC16, GI-66, and SABR.
For the past fifteen years, Mr. Avrutin has founded and led companies specializing in international marketing, multilingual technical translations, and U.S. Government contracting. He played a crucial role in facilitating U.S. entry into the Russian market before and after the breakup of the Soviet Union, advising both the U.S. government and corporations. Prior to starting his own ventures, Mr. Avrutin designed avionics for prominent U.S. Fortune 100 companies, including ITT, Honeywell, General Instrument, Westinghouse, Grumman, and Allied-Signal.
Currently, Mr. Avrutin serves as a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Global Business Alliances, LLC, an organization that assists commercial entities in expanding their presence in the U.S. and Russian markets. He is also a Joint Venture partner in Cyrillic Films and Cyrillic Films Music, companies involved in importing Russian films and animations. Additionally, Mr. Avrutin has served on the board of directors of Marathon Sports Group, Inc., which produces sports radio and TV talk shows.
Yury Avrutin and his parents immigrated to the United States in 1974. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics from the City College of New York. Mr. Avrutin is a teacher of Iaido, a Japanese art of swordsmanship, and a competition aerobatics pilot. He holds an FAA commercial pilot’s license and an FCC advanced amateur radio license. As an author, he has written five novels and numerous short stories, with plans to publish some of his work in the near future. When not flying his airplane between the East and West Coasts, Mr. Avrutin dedicates his time to writing prose in New York City.