|Born||1980 (age 32–33)|
|Alma mater||Saint Petersburg State University, University of Bonn|
|Known for||Founding VK in 2006|
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 of the social networking site VK.
Early life and education
In 1996, 1997 and 1998 Durov participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad, winning a gold medal in every of the three contests he took part in. He had been a member of Saint-Petersburg State University ACM team, which won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in 2000 and 2001.
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. Durov introduced commutative algebraic monads as a generalization of local objects in a generalized algebraic geometry. 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 vkontakte.ru 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.