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At the age of fourteen, Alexander Jornitski was the winner of the Moscow Mathematical Olympiad. He graduated magna cum laude from the elite Andrey Kolmogorov High School and received his master’s degree in Abstract Mathematics from Moscow State University and his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Computer Science Center of the Academy of Sciences of the former USSR. In 1991, 1992, and 1993 he published, as a sole author, three articles in Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences (Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR). While these few things do not say much to most Americans, in the USSR and Russia they were celebrated symbols of the highest success.
He lived simultaneously two successful full-scale professional lives in Moscow: one as a full-time software designer and systems architect, and another as a regular contributor to the most prominent academic journals. While leading a team of 20 software engineers and mathematicians who designed and implemented large-scale systems for Environmental Health Decision Support for the USSR government, he defended his PhD without interrupting that business career.
In 1992-1993, he developed a methodology for comparison of the impact of radioactivity and other environmental factors on the population’s mortality and morbidity after the Chernobyl disaster.
As just one example of his other projects, he hitchhiked all over the western part of the former USSR, from Karelia to Georgia and from Lithuania to Kirgizstan.
In 1994 Dr. Jornitski received his employment authorization in the USA as “a person of extraordinary abilities in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.” After multiple “overqualified” diagnoses he downgraded his resume a few times and started his career anew from zero—just testing programs written by other programmers. By 1997 he was working full-time on Wall Street as a quantitative analyst. He managed to discover a few new stable patterns of dynamics of stock prices, and by 2003 was appointed to the position of Senior Research Adviser. Again, in the States he simultaneously lived two full-scale professional lives: one in business and another as an author of works in philosophy.
In the Soviet Union, in Russia, and later in the United States, he has participated in the design, development and implementation of 28 innovative large-scale software systems, for six of them as principal architect and project leader.
He has published in the most prestigious Soviet peer-reviewed journals in ten different scientific disciplines:
methodology of applied mathematics
health status measurement and medical decision making
public health policy and public health decision making
environmental health studies
methods of software design and efficiency of software
philosophy of medicine
Most of his more than fifty articles were published in Russian. If you would like to know more about his publications, please click here. For the last decade, he has worked on the application of formal and mathematical methods in philosophy. He lives in Manhattan.
His name is unknown for one obvious reason: instead of caring about publicity he was always rushing toward the next achievement.
Dr. Jornitski has a proven record of remarkable success in a wide variety of fields. After stepping higher and higher in solving “impenetrable” theoretical and practical problems, he simply had to solve the most difficult and the most important problem ever—the conundrum of the meaning and purpose of human life. So he did.