Russell germinated in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 1970. He grew up there until the age of (almost) eight. At that time his family moved to New York state, setting up residence in the town of Wappingers Falls. Russell then spent the rest of his youth growing up in New York, attending a community college for two years, then obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Syracuse University.
    Not having learned enough from being a student, Russell went south to attend Clemson University. April 15, 1994 marked a dark day for him as a (nearly catastrophic) accident waylayed him in the hospital for two weeks, and required his jaw to be wired shut for six weeks. Despite this, he recovered (a "total recovery" is arguable), and obtained his Master of Science degree in August 1994.
    Russell then took a "year off", teaching at Georgia College, passing a somewhat unsatisfying time teaching college algebra and trigonometry to undergraduate students.
    September 1995 marked his return to graduate school at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Passing the trial by fire of seemingly endless real analysis problems, he survived the comprehensive examinations. He went on to get a PhD in applied mathematics, with the fantastic advice and support of Dana Randall.
    In October 2001, Russell moved to the United Kingdom to work as a post-graduate. He first lived in Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom, and was a Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick. In late 2003, Russell spent about three months visiting the School of Computing Science (and, more importantly, friends) at Simon Fraser University in beautiful Vancouver, and then returned to Britain to carry on at Warwick.
    In August 2005, Russell moved to Liverpool to begin work as a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool.
    During Russ's spare time he is working on becoming less cynical. If you see him, wish him success with that goal. He also spends some of his spare time playing games like Flames of War, an excellent WWII miniatures system, and various board and card games (when he can find opponents). Also, his search for the perfect doughnut continues.

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