Ahn Cheol-soo

South Korean politician, medical doctor, businessperson, software entrepreneur and tenured professor

Ahn Cheol-soo (born February 26, 1962) is a Korean businessman, doctor and professor.[3] He is famous as the developer of the computer anti-virus software program, V3. He is the founder and CEO of the Ahn Lab. He is now a professor at Seoul National University.

Ahn Cheol-soo
Chairman of the People's Party
In office
2 February 2016 – 29 June 2016
Serving with Chun Jung-bae
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPark Jie-won
Member of the National Assembly
In office
25 April 2013 – 15 April 2017
Preceded byRoh Hoe-chan
Succeeded byTBD
ConstituencySeoul Nowon C
Chairman of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy
In office
26 March 2014 – 31 July 2014
Serving with Kim Han-gil
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMoon Jae-in
Personal details
Born (1962-02-26) February 26, 1962 (age 62)
Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Political partyPeople's Party (2016–present)
Other political
Independent (2013–14; 2015–16)
NPAD (2014–15)
Spouse(s)Kim Mi-kyung
Children1 daughter
Alma materSeoul National University
University of Pennsylvania
Software entrepreneur –present
Known forV3 (antivirus software)
Military service
Allegiance South Korea
Branch/service Republic of Korea Navy
Years of service1992–1994
Rank Daewi
Ahn Cheol-soo
Revised RomanizationAn Cheol-su
McCune–ReischauerAn Ch'ŏlsu

Ahn was the People's Party nominee for the presidential election in 2017. He was most recently a founding co-leader of the People's Party alongside Chun Jung-bae.[4]

Personal History change

Ahn Chul-soo was born in Pusan in 1962. He graduated from the medical school of Seoul National University. He went on to do graduate work in medical science at Seoul National University. He received a master's degree in medical school and he holds a doctorate in medicine.

During the course, he found a computer virus, one of the first viruses, called the Brain,[5] on his floppy diskette. He started to analyze and develop the vaccine software program. He also uploaded the program, and wrote about it in the magazine Microsoft, a technical magazine which covers computer programs. He upgraded the vaccine program and introduced the V2, V2 Plus to the public with adding the function which can cure the LBC and Jerusalem viruses. He finally introduced the V3 program, now a very important software program for Korean computer users.

He has been a chief of the Dankook University medical school. However, he decided to become a doctor of computers. He founded the Ahn Lab, a special venture business for developing computer vaccine programs. He also received an Executive MBA course in University of Pennsylvania, Wharton school. He completed the venture business course in Stanford University.

Awards change

References change

  1. "AhnLab". AhnLab. 2002-07-08. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
  2. Ahn Chul-soo: “Korea needs horizontal thinking to make a Nintendo game player.” Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine at Korea Foundation.
  3. "안철수 :: 네이버 통합검색". Naver.com (in Korean). 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  4. 서울대, 안철수 융대원장 사직서 수리. Yonhap News (in Korean). Seoul. September 20, 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  5. Zetter, Kim (November 10, 2009). "Nov. 10, 1983: Computer 'Virus' Is Born". This Day In Tech. Wired. Retrieved 2009-12-25.