Andrei Bolibrukh

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Andrei Bolibrukh
Born (1950-01-30)30 January 1950
Moscow, USSR
Died November 11, 2003(2003-11-11) (aged 53)
Paris, France
Citizenship USSR, Russia
Fields Riemann–Hilbert problem, Monodromy
Institutions Steklov Institute of Mathematics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Alma mater Lomonosov Moscow State University
Doctoral advisor Mikhail Postnikov
Alexey Chernavskii
Known for Hilbert's twenty-first problem
Notable awards State Prize of the Russian Federation (2001)

Andrei Andreevich Bolibrukh (Russian: Андрей Андреевич Болибрух) (30 January 1950 – 11 November 2003) was a Soviet and Russian mathematician. He was known for his work on ordinary differential equations especially Hilbert's twenty-first problem (Riemann–Hilbert problem).[1] Bolibrukh was the author of about a hundred research articles on theory of ordinary differential equations including Riemann–Hilbert problem and Fuchsian system.[2]


Bolibrukh was born on 30 January 1950 in Moscow. After receiving his mathematical education at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, with Mikhail Mikhailovich Postnikov and Alexey Chernavskii as thesis advisers, he started working on the proof of the existence of linear differential equations having a prescribed monodromic group. He applied modern methods of complex analytic geometry to classical problems about ordinary differential equations and was an expert on Hilbert's twenty-first problem. In 1989, Bolibrukh produced his famous counterexamples which invalidated the Josip Plemelj's 1908 solution of Hilbert’s twenty-first problem.[3] Bolibrukh dedicated much of his efforts to the Riemann-Hilbert problem in order to find full necessary and sufficient conditions for given monodromy data to be those of a Fuchsian system.

During his short career he served as Deputy Director of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics and professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.[4]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1994 Bolibrukh was elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Lyapunov Prize from the Academy of Sciences, Russia in 1995. In 2001 Bolibrukh received the State Prize of the Russian Federation.


  1. ^ Anosov, D. V.; V. P. Leksin (2004). "Andrei Andreevich Bolibrukh in life and science". Russ. Math. Surv. 59 (6): 1009–1028. doi:10.1070/RM2004v059n06ABEH000792. 
  2. ^ IRMA Lectures dedicated to the memory of Andrei Bolibrukh[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Bolibrukh, A. A. (1995). 21st Hilbert Problem for Linear Fuchsian Systems. Amer Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-0466-9. 
  4. ^ Chair of Mathematics, MIPT Archived July 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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