Vitalik Buterin

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Vitalik Buterin Definition

One of the primary co-founders of Ethereum (and certainly the most well-known). 

Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Виталий Дмитриевич Бутерин; born January 31, 1994) is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.

Buterin was born in Kolomna, Moscow Oblast, Russia, to Dmitry Buterin, a computer scientist,[4] and Natalia Ameline (née Chistyakova). He lived in the area until the age of six when his parents emigrated to Canada in search of better employment opportunities.[5] While in grade three of elementary school in Canada, Buterin was placed into a class for gifted children[6] and started to understand that he was drawn to math, programming, and economics. He also had the ability to add three-digit numbers in his head at twice the speed of his peers.[5]

Buterin attended the Abelard School, a private high school in Toronto, for four years,[7] which he said, "proved to be among the most interesting and productive years of my life; the closer connection between students and teachers [&] the level of depth at which the material was taught, made me want to learn, and to focus on learning as my primary goal".[7] Buterin has written that although he was "never particularly inspired by the traditional education system",[7] when subjects were presented with "dedication and focus on intellectual inquiry", he said:

"I noticed my attitude and my results almost immediately and drastically change. Education is ultimately much more than simply memorizing individual facts, or even learning individual concepts. [What] matters most: learning how to think, learning how to reason and learning how to learn."
Buterin learned about Bitcoin, from his father, at age 17.[5] In 2012, he obtained a bronze medal in the International Olympiad in Informatics.[8] In 2013, he visited developers in other countries who shared his enthusiasm for code. He returned to Toronto later that year and published a white paper proposing Ethereum.[9] He attended the University of Waterloo but dropped out in 2014, when he received the Thiel Fellowship in the amount of $100,000,[10] and went to work on Ethereum full-time.

On June 25, 2017, Buterin was the subject of a death hoax originating from 4chan.[1


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