Yuri Vladimirovich Linnik (Russian: Ю́рий Влади́мирович Ли́нник; January 8, 1915 – June 30, 1972) was a Soviet mathematician active in number theory, probability theory and mathematical statistics.
Linnik was born in Bila Tserkva, in present-day Ukraine. He went to St Petersburg University where his supervisor was Vladimir Tartakovski, and later worked at that university and the Steklov Institute. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as was his father, Vladimir Pavlovich Linnik. He was awarded both State and Lenin Prizes. He died in Leningrad.
Work in number theory 
Work in probability theory and statistics 
Infinitely divisible distributions 
Linnik obtained numerous results concerning infinitely divisible distributions. In particular, he proved the following generalisation of Cramér's theorem: any divisor of a convolution of Gaussian and Poisson random variables is also a convolution of Gaussian and Poisson.
He has also coauthored the book Linnik & Ostrovskii (1977) on the arithmetics of infinitely divisible distributions.
Central limit theorem 
Selected publications 
- Linnik, Yu.V. (1971), Independent and stationary sequences of random variables, Series of Monographs and Textbooks on Pure and Applied Mathematics, Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff Publishing
- Linnik, Yu.V. (1961), Method of least squares and principles of the theory of observations, New York-Oxford-London-Paris: Pergamon Press, MR 0124121
- Linnik, Yu.V.; Ostrovskii, I.V. (1977), Decomposition of random variables and vectors, Translations of Mathematical Monographs 48, Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society
- Linnik, Yu.V. (1968), Ergodic properties of algebraic fields, Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete 45, New York: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
- ^ Faddeyev, D. K.; Lozinsky, S. M.; Malyshev, A. V. (1975), "Yuri V. Linnik (1915–1972): a biographical note", Acta Arith. 27: 1–2, MR 0421941.
- ^ Bredikhin, B.M. (2001), "Density method", in Hazewinkel, Michiel, Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Springer, ISBN 978-1-55608-010-4
- ^ Michel, Ph.; Venkatesh, A. (2006), "Equidistribution, L-functions and ergodic theory: on some problems of Yu. V. Linnik", Proceedings of ICM 2006 2, Zurich: Eur. Math. Soc., pp. 421–457
- ^ Ibragimov, I. A. (1992), "Yu. V. Linnik. Some of his work from the 1950s", St. Petersburg Math. J. 3 (3): 687–696, MR 1150561.
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