Ivan Petrovsky

Ivan Georgievich Petrovsky (Russian: Ива́н Гео́ргиевич Петро́вский) (18 January 1901 – 15 January 1973) (the family name is also transliterated as Petrovskii or Petrowsky) was a Soviet mathematician working mainly in the field of partial differential equations. He greatly contributed to the solution of Hilbert's 19th and 16th problems, and discovered what are now called Petrovsky lacunas. He also worked on the theories of boundary value problems, probability, and on the topology of algebraic curves and surfaces.

Ivan G. Petrovsky
Born(1901-01-18)18 January 1901
Died15 January 1973(1973-01-15) (aged 71)
Alma materMoscow State University
Known forHyperbolic partial differential equations
Kolmogorov–Petrovsky–Piskunov equation
Petrovsky lacuna
Scientific career
InstitutionsMoscow State University
Steklov Institute of Mathematics
Doctoral advisorDmitri Egorov
Doctoral studentsOlga Ladyzhenskaya
Yevgeniy Landis
Olga Oleinik
Sergei Godunov
Aleksei Filippov


Petrovsky was a student of Dmitri Egorov. Among his students were Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Yevgeniy Landis, Olga Oleinik and Sergei Godunov.

Petrovsky taught at Steklov Institute of Mathematics. He was a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences since 1946 and was awarded Hero of Socialist Labor in 1969. He was the president of Moscow State University (1951–1973) and the head of the International Congress of Mathematicians (Moscow, 1966). He is buried in the cemetery of the Novodevichy Convent in Moscow.

Selected publicationsEdit


  1. ^ Pollard, Harry (1954). "Book Review: Vorlesungen über die Theorie der Integralgleichungen". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 60 (3): 288–289. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1954-09817-8. ISSN 0002-9904.

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