Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn
- Description: Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn was born in Canada, date uncertain (see below). His father, Mikhail Ivanovich Solonitsyn, was a Russian civil engineer on a long term building project in the far northern territories when he met and married Chantell du Jeunere, a Canadian citizen of French extraction. Canada recognizes dual citizenship. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Russian law are both more complex. But according to the UNHCR, in association with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, dual Russian/Canadian citizenship is possible under the circumstances of Andre's birth.
His new family went back to the U.S.S.R. with Mikhail at the end of the Canadian project, and Chantell eventually became a Soviet citizen. Canada continued to recognize her Canadian citizenship, and recognized her Russian citizenship. The U.S.S.R. no longer recognized her Canadian citizenship.
Both of Andre's parents were killed at the same time while vacationing in the French Alps, apparently victims of a lightening strike while off-piste skiing. They are laid to rest in a small private cemetery in La Grave, a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department of southeastern France.
The details of the life of Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn are subject to debate. Global records pertaining to Andre himself were corrupted or deleted June 16, 2011, by a virus which appeared for only a few days, then self-devolved. Damage to the world wide web was minimal, affecting no more than a dozen people's records. But for those people, the event was catastrophic. No further emergence of the so-called 'Thunder' virus has been reported to date (July, 2011).
It is impossible to say for sure, but it is believed that Andre attended primary and secondary school in Novogorod, then went on to Lomonosov Moscow State University for his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, attending the university's highly regarded Research Computing Center. The dates he completed his degrees, which may include a doctorate in computer software engineering, were also lost during the viral attack.
Several academic papers bearing Andre's name were published online, but the only coherent remnants after the viral data corruption are two titles. The English translations are: Inconsistencies in Whole Numbers, and Fractals of Cyber Intelligence.
Andre's death was widely reported at the same time the virus destroyed his records, but that is apparently one of the function of the 'Thunder' virus. Those reports seem certain to be untrue, since a recently published eBook, The End of the Computer, credits him as author. It is apparently a fictionalized story of actual events in which he took part, although that has not been confirmed.
Attempts to contact the author to gain information for the purpose of this new bio have been unsuccessful.