Patron Imants Freibergs (1934) was born in Valmiera. In 1944, he emigrated to Germany with his family. Subsequently, in 1948, he went to France and finished secondary school there, and in 1954 moved to Canada. Since 1999, I. Freibergs has lived permanently in Latvia.

In Toronto University he obtained a master’s degree in engineering. There he met his future wife Vaira Vīķe, while jointly working for the Steering Committee of the First Latvian Youth Festival.

In 1961, I. Freibergs joined the company IBM in Montreal as a computer specialist and later worked in McGill University, where he received a doctorate in information technology. From 1976 to 1999, he worked as an IT professor in the University of Quebec, Montreal (UQAM), conducting IT study programmes. Since October 1999 he has been an honorary professor of the UQAM.

I. Freibergs has worked as a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier, France (1974–1976) and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (1982–1983). He repatriated to Latvia in October 1999. I. Freibergs’ professional and research work is focused on software engineering.


In 1998, I. Freibergs donated an answering machine to the UL in the value of USD 500.

In 1987, he donated to the UL Faculty of Physics and Mathematics a computer, the value of which was enormous for that time – USD 3 500.

We greatly appreciate the generous support to education and development!