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For more comprehensive information on the lives and works of mathematicians through the ages, see the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, created by John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson.

The army of those who have made at least one definite contribution to mathematics as we know it soon becomes a mob as we look back over history; 6,000 or 8,000 names press forward for some word from us to preserve them from oblivion, and once the bolder leaders have been recognised it becomes largely a matter of arbitrary, illogical legislation to judge who of the clamouring multitude shall be permitted to survive and who be condemned to be forgotten.
-- Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics, 1937, Victor Gollancz, London


Magnus Georg Paucker $($$\text {1787}$ – $\text {1855}$$)$

Russian astronomer and physicist best known for his construction of the regular $257$-gon using a compass and straightedge.
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Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky $($$\text {1792}$ – $\text {1856}$$)$

Known as "the Copernicus of geometry", for his development of a non-Euclidean geometry, that is, one which does not use the parallel postulate.
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Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev $($$\text {1821}$ – $\text {1894}$$)$

Russian mathematician whose work was mainly in the fields of probability, statistics and number theory.

He is best known for proving Bertrand's Postulate in $1850$. It has since been known as the Bertrand-Chebyshev Theorem.
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Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin $($$\text {1827}$ – $\text {1900}$$)$

Russian priest, who worked in number theory in his spare time.

Most famous for demonstrating the primality of the Mersenne number $M_{61}$, which then became known as Pervushin's number.
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Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor $($$\text {1845}$ – $\text {1918}$$)$

Russian-born German mathematician widely regarded as the creator of set theory.

He established the importance of correspondence between sets and helped to define the concepts of infinity and well-ordered sets.

He is also famous for stating and proving Cantor's Theorem.
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Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya $($$\text {1850}$ – $\text {1891}$$)$

In Russian: Со́фья Васи́льевна Ковале́вская.

The first female Russian mathematician of record.

Made contributions to analysis, differential equations and mechanics.
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Evgraf Stepanovich Fedorov $($$\text {1853}$ – $\text {1919}$$)$

Russian mathematician, crystallographer and mineralogist.

Best known in the mathematics world for enumerating the $3$-dimensional space groups, now known as the Fedorov groups.
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Andrey Andreyevich Markov $($$\text {1856}$ – $\text {1922}$$)$

Russian mathematician best known for his work on stochastic processes.
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Aleksandr Mikhailovich Lyapunov $($$\text {1857}$ – $\text {1918}$$)$

Russian mathematician, mechanician and physicist, known for his development of the stability theory of a dynamical system, as well as for his many contributions to mathematical physics and probability theory.
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Dmitri Fyodorovich Egorov $($$\text {1869}$ – $\text {1931}$$)$

Russian mathematician noted for his contributions to differential geometry and analysis.

His religious views caused him to fall foul of the Soviet regime and he died as a result of a hunger strike he embarked upon while in prison for being a "religious sectarian".
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Vladimir Andreyevich Markov $($$\text {1871}$ – $\text {1897}$$)$

Russian mathematician noted for the solution of the Markov Brothers' Inequality, with his elder brother Andrey Andreyevich Markov.

Died of tuberculosis at the tragically young age of 25.
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Sergei Natanovich Bernstein $($$\text {1880}$ – $\text {1968}$$)$

Russian mathematician known for contributions to partial differential equations, differential geometry, probability theory, and approximation theory
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Yakov Isidorovich Perelman $($$\text {1882}$ – $\text {1942}$$)$

Russian and Soviet science writer and author of many popular science books, including Physics for Entertainment and Mathematics Can Be Fun.
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Solomon Lefschetz $($$\text {1884}$ – $\text {1972}$$)$

Russian-born American mathematician who did fundamental work on algebraic topology, its applications to algebraic geometry, and the theory of non-linear ordinary differential equations.
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Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov $($$\text {1887}$ – $\text {1974}$$)$

Russian mathematician who contributed significantly to several areas of pure and applied mathematics. Best known for his 5-volume textbook A Course in Higher Mathematics which was widely used.
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Ivan Matveevich Vinogradov $($$\text {1891}$ – $\text {1983}$$)$

One of the creators of the field of analytic number theory.
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Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin $($$\text {1894}$ – $\text {1959}$$)$

Russian mathematician who was an important figure in the field of probability theory.
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Pavel Sergeyevich Alexandrov $($$\text {1896}$ – $\text {1982}$$)$

Russian mathematician who made considerable contributions in the fields of set theory and topology.

The first to introduce the concept of a kernel of a homomorphism.
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Oscar Zariski $($$\text {1899}$ – $\text {1986}$$)$

Russian-born mathematician, highly influential in the fields of algebraic geometry and topology.
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Nikolai Vasilyevich Smirnov $($$\text {1900}$ – $\text {1966}$$)$

Russian mathematician noted for his work in various fields including probability theory and statistics.
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Viktor Vladimirovich Nemytskii $($$\text {1900}$ – $\text {1967}$$)$

Soviet mathematician who introduced Nemytskii operators and the Niemytzki plane
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Albert Parry $($$\text {1901}$ – $\text {1992}$$)$

Russian-born academic and historian who was the translator into English of Boris A. Kordemsky's $1956$ collection Математическая смекалка.
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Semyon Aranovich Gershgorin $($$\text {1901}$ – $\text {1933}$$)$

Russian mathematician best known for the Gershgorin Circle Theorem.
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Henrietta O. Midonick $($$\text {c. 1903}$ – $\text {1985}$$)$

Russian mathematician best known for writing The Treasury of Mathematics.
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Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov $($$\text {1903}$ – $\text {1987}$$)$

Russian mathematician active in various fields, including probability theory, topology and intuitionistic logic.
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Andrey Andreyevich Markov Jr. $($$\text {1903}$ – $\text {1979}$$)$

Soviet mathematician working in the fields of topology, mathematical logic and several others.
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George Gamow $($$\text {1904}$ – $\text {1968}$$)$

Soviet-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist
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Alexander Osipovich Gelfond $($$\text {1906}$ – $\text {1968}$$)$

Russian mathematician and prolific writer (Russian: Алекса́ндр О́сипович Ге́льфонд) best known for the Gelfond-Schneider Theorem.

Established in $1929$ that $e^\pi$ is transcendental.
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Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff $($$\text {1906}$ – $\text {1993}$$)$

Russian mathematician best known for his work in topology.
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Emma Markovna Lehmer $($$\text {1906}$ – $\text {2007}$$)$

Russian-born mathematician active mainly in the field of number theory.

The wife of Derrick Henry ("Dick") Lehmer, with whom she was a frequent collaborator.
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Boris Anastasyevich Kordemsky $($$\text {1907}$ – $\text {1999}$$)$

Russian mathematician and educator, best known for his popular science books and mathematical puzzles.
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Meyer Abraham Girshick $($$\text {1908}$ – $\text {1955}$$)$

Russian mathematician who worked in game theory.
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Lev Semenovich Pontryagin $($$\text {1908}$ – $\text {1988}$$)$

Russian mathematician who made major discoveries, mainly in the field of geometric topology.
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Sergei Lvovich Sobolev $($$\text {1908}$ – $\text {1989}$$)$

Russian mathematician who worked mainly in the fields of analysis and partial differential equations.
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Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko $($$\text {1912}$ – $\text {1995}$$)$

Soviet mathematician best known for his contributions to the study of probability theory, particularly extreme value theory.
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Georgi Evgen'evich Shilov $($$\text {1917}$ – $\text {1975}$$)$

Russian mathematician, expert in the field of functional analysis, who contributed to the theory of normed rings and generalized functions.
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Mikhail Vasilyevich Ostrogradsky $($$\text {1801}$ – $\text {1862}$$)$

Russian mathematician, mechanician and physicist of Ukrainian origin.

Worked mainly in the mathematical fields of calculus of variations, integration of algebraic functions, number theory, algebra, geometry, probability theory and in the fields of applied mathematics, mathematical physics and classical mechanics.
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Viktor Yakovlevich Bunyakovsky $($$\text {1804}$ – $\text {1889}$$)$

Ukrainian mathematician best known for his contribution to the Cauchy-Bunyakovsky-Schwarz Inequality.
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Samuil Osipovich Shatunovsky $($$\text {1859}$ – $\text {1929}$$)$

Ukrainian mathematician who focused on several topics in mathematical analysis and algebra, such as group theory, number theory and geometry.
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Alexander Markowich Ostrowski $($$\text {1893}$ – $\text {1986}$$)$

Contributed towards the fields of determinants, linear algebra, algebraic equations, multivariate algebra, formal algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, convergence, theory of real functions, differential equations, differential transformations, theory of complex functions, conformal mappings, numerical analysis and others.
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Valery Ivanovich Glivenko $($$\text {1897}$ – $\text {1940}$$)$

Ukrainian mathematician who worked in foundations of mathematics, real analysis, probability theory, and mathematical statistics
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Pavel Samuilovich Urysohn $($$\text {1898}$ – $\text {1924}$$)$

Ukrainian mathematician mainly working in analysis and topology.

Introduced the concept of compactness with Pavel Alexandrov in 1923.

Drowned in rough seas while swimming off the coast of France.
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Israel Moiseevich Gelfand $($$\text {1913}$ – $\text {2009}$$)$

Soviet and Russian mathematician who contributed considerably to many branches of mathematics, including group theory, representation theory and linear algebra.

Did much good work in the field of education.
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Yuri Vladimirovich Linnik $($$\text {1915}$ – $\text {1972}$$)$

Soviet mathematician active in number theory, probability theory and mathematical statistics.
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Dmitry P. Mavlo $($$\text {b. 1950}$$)$

Ukrainian educator, mathematician and physicist.
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Hermann Minkowski $($$\text {1864}$ – $\text {1909}$$)$

Created and developed the field of geometry of numbers.
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David Borwein $($$\text {b. 1924}$$)$

Canadian mathematician of Lithuanian origin, best known for his research in the summability theory of series and integrals.

Also working in measure theory and probability theory, number theory, and approximate subgradients and coderivatives, and the properties of single- and many-variable sinc integrals.
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Issai Schur $($$\text {1875}$ – $\text {1941}$$)$

Jewish mathematician of Russian descent working mainly in group theory and combinatorics.

Worked most of his life in Germany, then emigrated to Palestine in 1939 as a result of political persecution, and died a pauper.
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Rodion Osievich Kuzmin $($$\text {1891}$ – $\text {1949}$$)$

Russian mathematician, known for his works in number theory and analysis.
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Naum Ilyich Akhiezer $($$\text {1901}$ – $\text {1980}$$)$

Russian mathematician, known for his works in approximation theory and the theory of differential and integral operators.
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Regina Iosifovna Tyshkevich $($$\text {1929}$ – $\text {2019}$$)$

Russian expert in graph theory.

Her main scientific interests include intersection graphs, degree sequences, and the reconstruction conjecture.

Also known for co-inventing split graphs and for her contributions to line graphs of hypergraphs.
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Vladimir Sergeyevitch Ignatowski $($$\text {1875}$ – $\text {1942}$$)$

Russian physicist who wrote on special relativity.

The first to try to derive the Lorentz transformation by group theory only using the relativity principle.
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Aleksandr Petrovich Domoryad $($$\text {1907}$ – $\text {1975}$$)$

Russian mathematician best known for his work in recreational mathematics.
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Sergei Vasilovich Fomin $($$\text {1917}$ – $\text {1975}$$)$

Russian mathematician best known for his contribution towards the book Introductory Real Analysis.
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Leon Mirsky $($$\text {1918}$ – $\text {1983}$$)$

Russian-born mathematician who worked mainly in the fields of number theory, linear algebra and combinatorics.
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Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin $($$\text {1919}$ – $\text {1984}$$)$

Russian mathematician noted for his work in topology.
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Isaac Asimov $($$\text {1920}$ – $\text {1992}$$)$

Russian-born professor of biochemistry, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

One of the most hugely prolific and influential writers of all time.
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Victor Abramovich Zalgaller $($$\text {b. 1920}$$)$

Russian mathematician, working in the fields of geometry and optimization.

Best known for his results on convex polyhedra, linear and dynamic programming, isoperimetry, and differential geometry.
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Isaak Moiseyevich Yaglom $($$\text {1921}$ – $\text {1988}$$)$

Soviet Russian mathematician whose wrote many popular works.

The twin brother of Akiva Moiseyevich Yaglom.
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Akiva Moiseyevich Yaglom $($$\text {1921}$ – $\text {2007}$$)$

Soviet Russian physicist, mathematician, statistician, and meteorologist, best known for his contributions to the statistical theory of turbulence and theory of random processes.

The twin brother of Isaak Moiseyevich Yaglom.
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Yurii Mikhailovich Smirnov $($$\text {1921}$ – $\text {2007}$$)$

Russian mathematician who specialised in topology.
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Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya $($$\text {1922}$ – $\text {2004}$$)$

Russian mathematician known for her work on partial differential equations (especially Hilbert's nineteenth problem) and fluid dynamics.
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Maks Aizikovich Akivis $($$\text {b. 1923}$$)$

Russian mathematician who worked mainly in the fields of differential geometry and linear algebra.

Student of Israel Moiseevich Gelfand.
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Eugene Borisovich Dynkin $($$\text {1924}$ – $\text {2014}$$)$

Russian mathematician whose work is in probability and algebra.
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Yuri Ivanovitch Manin $($$\text {b. 1937}$$)$

Russian-born mathematician, known for work in algebraic geometry and diophantine geometry.

Also known for the colossal breadth of published works.
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Vladimir Igorevich Arnold $($$\text {1937}$ – $\text {2010}$$)$

Soviet Russian mathematician who made important contributions in several areas including dynamical systems theory, catastrophe theory, topology, algebraic geometry, symplectic geometry, differential equations, classical mechanics and singularity theory.

Best known for the Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser Theorem regarding the stability of integrable systems,
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Vitali Davidovich Milman $($$\text {b. 1939}$$)$

Soviet-born Israeli mathematician specializing in analysis.
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Yuri Vladimirovich Matiyasevich $($$\text {b. 1947}$$)$

Russian mathematician (Ю́рий Влади́мирович Матиясе́вич) most famous for proving that Hilbert's Tenth Problem is Unsolvable.
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Svetlana Katok $($$\text {b. 1947}$$)$

Russian-American mathematician whose interests include automorphic forms, analysis on Riemannian manifolds and symmetric spaces, hyperbolic geometry and Fuchsian groups, and application of dynamical systems to analysis and number theory.
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Alexander Bogomolny $($$\text {1948}$ – $\text {2018}$$)$

Soviet-born American-Israeli mathematician who was creator and custodian of which won awards.

Wrote extensively about arithmetic, probability, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and mathematical games.
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Leonid Anatolievich Levin $($$\text {b. 1948}$$)$

Soviet-American computer scientist best known for his exposition of what is now known as the Cook-Levin Theorem.
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Boris Iosifovich Zilber $($$\text {b. 1949}$$)$

English mathematician of Russian origin known for his research in mathematical logic, mainly from model theory.
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Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman $($$\text {b. 1966}$$)$

Russian mathematician famous for solving Thurston's Geometrization Conjecture, and hence completing the proof of the Poincaré Conjecture.
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