About me - Paul Ivanov - Павел Иванов

Paul Ivanov

I am a member of the Jupyter Steering Council and a senior software engineer at Bloomberg working on IPython and Jupyter related open source stuff. I’m also an instructor for Software Carpentry.

Previously I was at Disqus working on backend and data engineering stuff. Before that, I was a code monkey at the Brain Imaging Center at UC Berkeley, working on IPython and also teaching at UC Berkeley Python bootcamps. Before that, I was a grad student (PhD ABD) in the Vision Science program at UC Berkeley. and a member of Bruno Olshausen’s lab at the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. I graduated in Fall 2005 from UC Davis with a degree in Computer Science.

UC Berkeley Vision Science UC Davis Computer Science (my alma mater)

You can read more about my scientific interests on the Research page.

I was born and raised in Moscow, moved to the US with my family at age 10, and have lived all around… the SF Bay Area ever since (Tiburon, Novato, Redwood City, Mountain View, Davis, Berkeley, and Albany, in that order).

My name(s)

Though my legal american first name is Paul, it is actually just the english version of my legal russian first name Павел, which is romanized as Pavel and pronounced PAH-vel. Some of my college friends know me as Pavel, because my livejournal username was pavelthegeek and I introduced myself as Pavel and spoke with a faked thick russian accent when we met. It also made it easier to disambiguate me from my english namesakes. Additionally, those familiar with Russian often forgo the formal Павел in favor of the diminutive Паша (Pasha, pronounced PAH-sha) and its variants.

My last name, Ivanov, is pronounced ee-va-NOFF, with stress/emphasis on the last syllable. It’s a common mistake for english speakers to pronounce Iv- as the english words ‘eye’ or ‘ivy’, instead of the more appropriate ‘eve’. Remembering that ‘EyE’ is spelled with an E, you can catch yourself from making the mistake. This applies equally well to the russian name Иван (Ivan, as in The Terrible, or Denisovich, or Drago, etc), which actually sounds almost like Yvonne.

I don’t have a middle name, so my initials are just pi, which makes my preferred uid the same as the mathematical constant. I usually sign letters and postcards with π (the Greek symbol) ) so it’s fair game to call me that, too (at work, most people in the office call me “pi”).

But as I’ve said hundreds of times before: I don’t care what you call me, just as long as you call. ;)

More context

Here’s my resume. I have a blog which I call my journal. It doesn’t get updated as often as I’d like. I do post on twitter with some regularity, though. Here’s a mirror of my old site.

On delicious, I tag websites of people I know as friends. Even family members are tagged as friends, but I thought I’d include specific links to them here:

As a first pass, here’s just the goodreads widget of books I’ve recently read, though I’ve only recently started using the site a few months ago. Click the book to read my review/rating.

Paul's book montage

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, 20th  Anniversary Edition
Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots
Little Brother
Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic
Standing Up To the Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of Surrender
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer
Civic Arousal

Paul Ivanov's favorite books »

Other widgets

Happy and proud to be an Eatwellian! Enjoy in NeuroDebian [FSF Associate Member] US FIRST Robotics Alumn Support CC - 2007 created with Vim Ohloh profile for ivanov

When I used it - these were my most listened to according to last.fm


Paul Ivanov

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