Vladimir Boltyansky

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Vladimir Grigorevich Boltyansky (Russian: Влади́мир Григо́рьевич Болтя́нский; born 26 April 1925), also transliterated as Boltyanski, Boltyanskii, or Boltjansky, is a Soviet and Russian mathematician, educator and author of popular mathematical books and articles. He is best known for his books on topology, combinatorial geometry and Hilbert's third problem.

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Boltyansky was born to Jewish parents in Moscow.[1] He served in the Soviet army during World War II, when he was a signaller on the 2nd Belorussian Front.[2] He graduated from Moscow University in 1948, where his advisor was Lev Pontryagin. He defended his "Doktor nauk in physics and mathematics" (higher doctorate) degree in 1955, became a professor in 1959.

Boltyansky was awarded the Lenin Prize (for the work led by Pontryagin, Gamkrelidze, and Mishchenko) for applications of differential equations to optimal control.[when?] In 1967 he received Uzbek SSR prize for the work on ordered rings. He currently teaches at CIMAT.[3]

He is the corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education. He is the author of over 200 books and mathematical articles.

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