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Sergey Gorinsky, or Sergey Vladimirovich Gorinsky with the patronymic included according to the Russian tradition, was born in Zelenograd Hospital of Moscow, Russia on 30 June 1971. Official documents move his birthplace to the nearby Skhodnya, USSR. Although that country, city, and building no longer exist (USSR fell apart, Skhodnya merged into Khimki, and a high-rise replaced the two-story house), Sergey lived in Skhodnya with his parents Vladimir Sergeevich Gorinsky and Galina Ivanovna Gorinsky (nee Ivanova) for 23 years. In 1988, Sergey Gorinsky graduated from School #2 of his hometown with a Silver Medal and was accepted to Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET) in Zelenograd. After completing five and a half years of studies at MIET with Highest Honors in 1994, he received a degree of Engineer in computer engineering and left for graduate studies in New Jersey, USA. In 1997, he migrated south to continue his doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In Texas, Sergey met Andrea Nemeth, a Hungarian from Szazhalombatta, when they tubed the San Marcos River with European students on 7 September 1997. Twice New Jersey lured Sergey back for summer internship at Lucent Bell Labs (1998) and AT&T Labs Research (1999). He advanced to the Ph.D. candidacy after defending his dissertation proposal in 2000 with Edsger Dijkstra in memorable attendance. On 7 February 2002, Sergey and Andrea married on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In August 2003, Sergey Gorinsky became a Doctor of Philosophy and joined Washington University in St. Louis to work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In the process, Sergey became the first Russian either to receive a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Texas at Austin or to serve on the CSE faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. On 25 May 2004 and 1 June 2006 respectively, daughter Anna Gorinsky and son Nils Gorinsky were born at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri, USA. On 2 June 2009, Sergey fulfilled his old European dream and moved with the family to Madrid, where he works as a tenured Research Associate Professor at IMDEA Networks Institute.