In 1955-1963 I attended Leningrad Middle School 170 (grades 1 - 8).
In 1963-1966 I was a student at the Leningrad High School 239. This is a remarkable school, one of the best in Leningrad, with specialization in Mathematics and Physics. See a wikipedia article. I am most grateful to the following three teachers:
| Mirra Girshevna Katsnelson,|
|Garry Borisovich Akhverdov,|
Victor Kirillovich Kobushkin,|
In 1966-1971 I was an (undergraduate) student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics (mat-mex), Leningrad State University.
By the end of this period I prepared my first two research papers:
1. Links, two-fold branched coverings and braids;
2. Local knotting of submanifolds
(they were published in 1972 and 1973 in Matem. Sbornik). The latter was my master thesis.
Then I became an aspirant
(a graduate student) at the Department of High Geometry of the same
Both during undergraduate and graduate study, my supervisor was Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin.
I graduated in 1973, a year before the time, in order to fill an assistant professor position at the same Department.
In 1974 I defended a dissertation
"Topological invariants of branched coverings of manifolds with boundary"
for the degree Candidate of Phys.-Mat. Sci. (Ph.D) .
In 1983 I defended the second dissertation (a counter-part of
"Real algebraic varieties with prescribed topological properties"
for the degree of Doctor of Phys.-Mat. Sci .