Michael G. Sendzimir was born in Shanghai, China, in 1924. He received his early schooling in Poland and continued his education at La Chataigneraie in Switzerland. He graduated in 1943 from the Manlius School, near Syracuse, New York, after which he served three years in the Army of the United States, rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 1951, he graduated from Columbia School of Engineering in New York with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1986, he received his Honorary PhD in Science, and in 1993 in Law.