Background
Ashot V. Petrosian was born in 1930 in a small village near Vardenis, Armenia.
Ashot V. Petrosian was born in 1930 in a small village near Vardenis, Armenia.
He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Mathematics in 1964 under the supervision of Julius Anatolyevich Schrader. He finished high school as a valedictorian in 1949 in Dilijan, Armenia, where his parents settled after escaping the massacre of Armenians in eastern Turkey back in 1915. He went on to study mathematics and graduated with honors from the Yerevan State University, faculty of Physics and Mathematics in 1954.
He also contributed to the development of several generations of advanced digital computer systems in Armenia, including the Nairi (computer) and Exact Sciences EVM. He taught Mathematics courses at the same University until 1955, when he was admitted to Moscow State University to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree (under supervision of Lazar Lyusternik). Upon completion of his studies he was offered a position at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics, however he decided to return to his native country of Armenia. In 1957 he was appointed to serve as a Chief Engineer and then as a Director of Mathematical Division at the Yerevan Computer Research and Development Institute (YCRDI, known as Mergelyan Institute).
During his tenure at the YCRDI, the institute became one of the largest producers of computer equipment in the former Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. He also worked as the Vice-Principal (1963-1965) and Principal (1965-1970) of the Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems (IIAP), formerly known as the Computing Center of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.
During his scientific career, Professor Petrosian taught various mathematics courses at the Yerevan State University (1957-1978) and at the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute (1978-1986).
He has authored several textbooks, patents, and monographs in the areas of computational mathematics, algorithmic information theory, automata and discrete mathematics. He has edited five volumes of the Proceedings of the Computing Center of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and served as a Doctor of Philosophy adviser to over 20 graduate students, mainly in the Graph Theory field
He was a founding member of the Mergelyan Institute of Mathematical Machines and the Computing Center of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.