Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian computer scientist, programmer and writer. He is the founder of Ethereum, a blockchain application platform. He is also the co-founder and a writer for Bitcoin Magazine.
He was born in Russia. His parents are Dmitry Buterin and Natalia Ameline. They moved to Canada in 1999, where he attended the Abelard School in Toronto for his high school education. He took Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo in 2012 to 2013.
Vitalik Buterin received the Thiel Fellowship amounting to $100,000. He dropped out from the University of Waterloo to pursue his study on blockchain technology and applications, and together with other developers founded Ethereum in 2013.