Antoinette Champclos was born in Soviet Belorussia. She started school in France at the age of 25 – without speaking a word of French. So she applied the syncretic learning method she had acquired during her Communist upbringing (fast-reading techniques, careful scheduling and more). Ten years later, she had won several advanced degrees from French and American universities. She speaks four languages and was granted French citizenship in recognition of her distinguished university career.