Famous Russian Mathematicians

Find out more about the greatest Russian Mathematicians, including Leonhard Euler, Grigori Perelman, Georg Cantor, Andrey Kolmogorov and Sofia Kovalevskaya.

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 1 Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler.
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basel
Died: September 18, 1783

Leonhard Euler was a Swiss physicist, mathematician, logician, geographer, astronomer, and engineer. He is credited with making influential and important mathematical discoveries, such as graph theory and infinitesimal calculus. Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most prolific mathematicians of all time, Leonhard Euler also made pioneering contributions to analytic number theory and topology.

 2 Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky.
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Famous As: entrepreneur, mathematician, politician, economist
Birthdate: January 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: March 23, 2013

Russian business-tycoon, engineer, mathematician and government official Boris Berezovsky is counted among the famed Russian oligarchs who made their fortunes during the 1990s, when Russia was going through privatization of state property. He remained a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the latter’s election as president in 2000 and was granted political asylum by the UK in 2003.

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 3 Grigori Perelman

Grigori Perelman.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman is best known for his work on geometry, especially Riemannian geometry, geometric analysis, and geometric topology. He declined many prizes, such as the Fields Medal and the Millennium Prize. His proof of the Poincaré conjecture was named the Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine.

 4 Andrey Kolmogorov

Andrey Kolmogorov.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tambov, Russia
Died: October 20, 1987

Russian mathematician Andrey Kolmogorov lost his mother at birth and was raised by his aunts. His talent in mathematics was discovered when he joined the Moscow State University to study history and math, while simultaneously studying metallurgy elsewhere. His greatest contribution to mathematics was in the field of probability theory.

 5 Pafnuty Chebyshev

Pafnuty Chebyshev.
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Famous As: mathematician, statistician
Birthdate: May 4, 1821
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Borovsk
Died: November 26, 1894

 6 Alexander Friedmann

Alexander Friedmann
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 16, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 16, 1925

 7 Nikolai Lobachevsky

Nikolai Lobachevsky
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: December 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: February 24, 1856
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 8 Andrey Markov

Andrey Markov
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Died: July 20, 1922

 9 Vladimir Arnold

Vladimir Arnold
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: June 3, 2010

 10 Vladimir Voevodsky

Vladimir Voevodsky
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 30, 2017

 11 Aleksandr Lyapunov

Aleksandr Lyapunov
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Famous As: mathematician, physicist
Birthdate: June 6, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yaroslavl
Died: November 3, 1918

 12 Leonid Kantorovich

Leonid Kantorovich.
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 19, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: April 7, 1986

Leonid Kantorovich was a Soviet economist and mathematician. Credited with founding linear programming, Kantorovich was honored with the prestigious Stalin Prize in 1949. In 1975, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the theory of optimum allocation of resources. He also made important contributions to functional analysis, operator theory, and approximation theory.

 13 Israel Gelfand

Israel Gelfand
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kherson Governorate
Died: October 5, 2009

 14 Pavel Florensky

Pavel Florensky
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yevlakh, Azerbaijan
Died: December 8, 1943

 15 Igor Tamm

Igor Yevgenyevich Tamm.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russian Empire
Died: April 12, 1971

Igor Tamm was a Soviet physicist whose contribution to the discovery of Cherenkov radiation earned him the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics, which he shared with Ilya Mikhailovich Frank and Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov. In the 1940s and '50s, Igor Tamm played an important role in the Soviet atomic bomb project, which was authorized by Joseph Stalin.

 16 Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko

Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donetsk

 17 Igor Ansoff

Igor Ansoff
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Famous As: Mathematician, Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vladivostok
Died: July 14, 2002

Best known as the father of strategic management for devising the strategy model known as Ansoff’s matrix, Russian-American applied mathematician Igor Ansoff had also taught at the Carnegie Mellon University. He had also managed countless technology projects and consulted with companies such as IBM, Gulf, and General Electric.

 18 Grigory Margulis

Grigory Margulis
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 19 Vladimir Drinfeld

Vladimir Drinfeld
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

 20 Yakov Sinai

Yakov Sinai
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 21 Leonid Khachiyan

Leonid Khachiyan
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 29, 2005

 22 Andrei Okounkov

Andrei Okounkov
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 23 Christian Goldbach

Christian Goldbach
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 18, 1690
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Königsberg
Died: November 20, 1764

 24 Sofia Kovalevskaya

Sofia Kovalevskaya
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 10, 1891

 25 Otto Schmidt

Otto Schmidt
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mahilyow, Belarus
Died: September 7, 1956

 26 Efim Isaakovich Zelmanov

Efim Isaakovich Zelmanov
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia

 27 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov

Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 7, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Noginsk, Russia
Died: November 16, 1982

 28 Nikolai Zhukovsky

Nikolai Zhukovsky
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Famous As: Scientist, Mathematician, Engineer
Birthdate: January 17, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orekhovo
Died: March 17, 1921

 29 Theophan Prokopovich

Theophan Prokopovich
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: June 18, 1681
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: September 19, 1736

 30 Ivan Vinogradov

Ivan Vinogradov
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Velikoluksky District, Russia
Died: March 20, 1983