Michael Yovanovich was born in Montreal, Quebec. After three years in northern Quebec, his family moved to and settled in St. Catharines, Ontario, about 15 miles from the US border. Michael received a classical high school education: he took all the mathematics and science courses, as well as French, German, and Latin. He was in the actors guild and had minor parts in three plays.

He obtained his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1957. The four years were uneventful, except for spending one year with the Queen’s University actors group. He then spent six years with Foster Wheeler Limited of St. Catharines, where he was involved with sizing small and large steam generators. During this time he commuted to Buffalo, NY, to obtain his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buffalo, which became the State University...

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