Vladimir Arnold

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Vladimir Arnold in 2008

Vladimir Arnold (12 June 1937 — 3 June 2010) was a Russian mathematician of Jewish descent,[1] said to be one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century.[2] He worked in many areas of mathematics including dynamical systems, differential equations, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, classical and celestial mechanics, geometry, topology, algebraic geometry, symplectic geometry, and singularity theory.[3]

Arnold was born in Odesa, Ukraine. He worked at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow and later at the Moscow State University.[2] Arnold died in Paris after going there to seek medical treatment.[2]

Awards[change | change source]

He would have be given the Fields Medal in Mathematics in 1974, but this was opposed by the Soviet government.[2] His other awards include:

  • Lenin Prize (1965)
  • Crafoord Prize (1982)
  • Lobachevsky Prize (1992)
  • Harvey Prize (1994)
  • World Prize in Mathematics (2001)
  • Prize of the American Institute of Physics (2001)
  • Wolf Prize (2001)

References[change | change source]

  1. www.ems-ph.org
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Top Russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold dies". physorg.com. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  3. "Arnold biography". www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2010.