Who is Andrzej Trautman?
Trautman was born in Warsaw, Poland into an artistic family. His father, Mieczysław, was a painter and taught drawing at a secondary school in Warsaw. His mother, Eliza Trautman, was French, though she was born in Spain, where her father, Marius André, was working as a French consular officer. His schooling, at the elementary level, was interrupted by the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. After spending about ten months in Germany, he returned, with his mother to Poland. In the fall of 1945, they both went to Paris, to stay with their family there. In France, Trautman attended a Polish secondary school from which he graduated in 1949 and returned to Poland shortly afterwards.
During the years 1949-55, he studied radio engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. After earning a Master's degree under the influence of Warsaw Tech's theoretical physics professor Jerzy Plebański, he continued graduate work in Leopold Infeld's group at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of Warsaw University.
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