Nikolai Durov

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Nikolai Durov
Born 1980 (age 33–34)
Nationality Russian
Alma mater Saint Petersburg State University, University of Bonn
Occupation Programmer, mathematician
Relatives Pavel Durov (brother)

Nikolai Valeryevich Durov (Russian: Никола́й Вале́рьевич Ду́ров; born 1980) is a Russian mathematician and programmer. He is the elder brother of Pavel Durov and together with him one of the founders[1] of the social networking site VK.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1996, 1997 and 1998 Durov participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad, winning a gold medal in each of the three contests he took part in.[2] In 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 he won one gold and three silver medals in the International Olympiad in Informatics.[3] He had been a member of Saint-Petersburg State University ACM team, which won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in 2000[4] and 2001.[5]


He received his first PhD from Saint-Petersburg State University in 2005. He continued his mathematical education at the University of Bonn having received another PhD under supervision of Gerd Faltings.[6] Durov introduced commutative algebraic monads as a generalization of local objects in a generalized algebraic geometry.[7] Versions of a tropical geometry, of an absolute geometry over a field with one element and an algebraic analogue of Arakelov geometry were realized in this setup. Currently Durov works as a lead developer of team. He also holds the position of a senior research fellow at the laboratory of algebra at the St. Petersburg Department of Steklov Institute of Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences.[8]