Bogdan Suceavă

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Bogdan Suceavă
Born(1969-09-27)September 27, 1969
Curtea de Argeș, Romania
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest, Michigan State University
Known for"Coming from An Off-Key Time", "Miruna, A Tale"
AwardsBucharest Writers Association Fiction Award (2007); Honorary citizen of Târgoviște (2016); Mathematical Association of America George Pólya Award (2020)
Scientific career
FieldsRomanian literature, Differential geometry, History of mathematics
InstitutionsCalifornia State University, Fullerton
ThesisNew Riemannian and Kählerian Curvature Invariants and Strongly Minimal Submanifolds
Doctoral advisorBang-Yen Chen
WebsiteBogdan D. Suceavă

Bogdan Suceavă (born September 27, 1969 in Curtea de Argeș) is a Romanian-American mathematician and writer.


Bogdan Suceavă was born in Curtea de Argeș, Romania, on September 27, 1969. Growing up, Suceavă spent his holidays with his maternal grandparents at Nucșoara, a remote community that maintained its traditions, unbroken by the collectivisation elsewhere of Ceaușescu regime. There he absorbed Balkan folk-tales and myths, which would inform some of his literary works.[1] Suceavă mentioned his maternal grandmother was a cousin of Elisabeta Rizea, a figure of Romanian anti-communist resistance.

Suceavă attended the University of Bucharest, where he obtained his undergraduate and master's degree in mathematics. He then moved to the United States to study at the Michigan State University for his doctorate. His thesis, titled New Riemannian and Kählerian Curvature Invariants and Strongly Minimal Submanifolds, was written under the supervision of Bang-Yen Chen.[2]

Following his doctorate in 2002, Suceavă was hired by California State University, Fullerton.[2]



At the age of 13, Suceavă won a prize at the Romanian National Mathematical Olympiad, following which he was encouraged to pursue mathematics as a viable career.[3] During his undergraduate years he studied mathematical analysis with Solomon Marcus and Ion Colojoară, algebra with Constantin Vraciu and Constantin Niță, geometry with Adriana Turtoi, Stere Ianuș, and Liviu Nicolescu, among others. At Michigan State University he took courses with Selman Akbulut, Bang-Yen Chen, John D. McCarthy, Thomas Parker, and Baisheng Yan, and others.

Suceavă is a Professor of Mathematics at the California State University, Fullerton. He specialises in Differential geometry, the foundations of geometry, and the history of mathematics.

Suceavă is active in the encouragement of mathematical research among young students in California. He has established a mathematics circle involving undergraduates, and extensively published in gazettes of mathematical problems aimed at high school students.[4]

His mathematical works appeared in Houston Journal of Mathematics, Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics, American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematical Intelligencer, Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie, Differential Geometry and Its Applications, Czechoslovak Mathematical Journal, Publicationes Mathematicae, Results in Mathematics, Tsukuba Journal of Mathematics, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Contemporary Mathematics, Historia Mathematica, and other mathematical journals.

On October 21, 2017, Suceavă delivered one of the invited addresses at the Fall 2017 Meeting of the Southern California Nevada Mathematical Association of America. [5] His conference was titled ″Curvature: From Nicole Oresme (1320-1382) to Contemporary Interpretations.″

Suceavă served as editor, together with Alfonso Carriazo, Yun Myung Oh and Joeri Van Der Veken, of the volume Recent Advances in the Geometry of Submanifolds. Dedicated to the Memory of Franki Dillen (1963-2013), American Mathematical Society, 2016.[6]

In July 2020, Suceavă is one of the co-authors of the paper Eclectic Illuminism: Applications of Affine Geometry. The College Mathematics Journal, 50(2), 82–92, written with A. Glesser, M. Rathbun, and I. M. Serrano, presented with 2020 MAA's George Pólya Award. [7] The title of the paper is a reference to a phrase used by Dan Barbilian to describe Felix Klein's Erlangen Programm. In MAA's press release, it is stated that ″this paper presents deep intellectual thought and is very engaging for all readers.″


Suceavă began his writing career in 1990 with a volume of prose and essays published by Topaz, Teama de amurg ("Fear of twilight"). He has also published various volumes of novels and short stories.

While Suceavă writes predominantly in Romanian, his short fiction in English has appeared in Review of Contemporary Fiction, Absinthe: New European Writing, and Red Mountain Review.

In 1989, Suceavă was a student in Bucharest during the downfall of the Ceaușescu dictatorship. Its impact on his country's social and cultural life motivated him to write his novel Venea din timpul diez in 2004.[8] [9]

In 2007, Suceavă received the Fiction Award of the Association of Bucharest Writers for his novel, Miruna, A Tale.[8]

Two of his books (Coming from an Off-Key Time, and Miruna, A Tale) have been translated into English, and received positive reviews.

In 2015, the Czech version of the novel Coming from an Off-Key Time, in Jiří Našinec's translation, was presented with the Josef Jungmann Award.[10]

Suceavă presented his books to Salon du Livre (Paris, 2013, Romania as invited nation), Festival of the Book Budapest (2009, Romania as invited nation), Vilenica Festival (Slovenia, 2016), Turin International Bookfair (2015), Prague Book Fair (2014), New Literature from Europe Festival (New York, 2015), FILIT - International Festival of Literature and Translation, Iași (2014 and 2019), and in many academic events focused mainly on Eastern European fiction in the US, in Romania, and other places.



  • Teama de amurg, Editura Topaz, Bucharest (1990)
  • Sub semnul Orionului, Editura Artprint, Bucharest (1992) – novel
  • Legende și eresuri, Magic Art Design, Bucharest (1995) – poetry
  • Imperiul generalilor târzii și alte istorii, Editura Dacia (2002) – short stories
  • Bunicul s-a întors la franceză, istorii, Editura T/Fundația Timpul, Iași (2003) - short stories
  • Venea din timpul diez, Editura Polirom, Bucharest (2004) – novel (Coming from an Off-Key Time, translated by Alistair Ian Blyth, Northwestern University Press, 2011)
  • Bătălii și mesagii, Editura LiterNet, Bucharest (2005) - poetry
  • Miruna, o poveste, Editura Curtea Veche, Bucharest (2007) – novel (Miruna, A Tale, translated by Alistair Ian Blyth, Twisted Spoon Press, Prague, 2014.)
  • Distanțe, demoni, aventuri, Editura Tritonic, Bucharest (2007) - essays
  • Vincent nemuritorul, Editura Curtea Veche, Bucharest (2008) – novel
  • Noaptea când cineva a murit pentru tine, Editura Polirom, Bucharest (2010) – novel
  • Memorii din biblioteca ideală, Editura Polirom, Bucharest (2013) – essays
  • Să auzi forma unei tobe, Millennium Books, Satu Mare (2013) - collected short stories
  • Scrisori de la Polul Est, Editura Agol, Bucharest (2015) - essays
  • Republica, Editura Polirom, Iași (2016) - novel
  • Istoria lacunelor. Despre manuscrise pierdute, Editura Polirom, Iași (2017) - essay
  • Avalon. Istoria emigranților fericiți, Editura Polirom, Iași (2018) - novel
  • Vincent nemuritorul, Editura Polirom, Iași (2019) - novel


  1. Suceavă, Bogdan (2001). "The Chen invariants of warped products of hyperbolic planes and their applications to immersibility problems" (PDF). Tsukuba Journal of Mathematics. 25 (2): 311–320. doi:10.21099/tkbjm/1496164290. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-22.
  2. Suceavă, Bogdan (2002). New Riemannian and Kählerian Curvature Invariants and Strongly Minimal Submanifolds. Michigan State University. Department of Mathematics.
  3. Yiu, Paul; Suceavă, Bogdan (2006). "The Feuerbach point and Euler lines". Forum Geometricorum. 6: 191–197.
  4. Boskoff, Wladimir; Suceavă, Bogdan (2008). "A projective characterization of cyclicity". Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie. 49 (1): 195–203.
  5. Suceavă, Bogdan (2010). "Tzitzeica Curves and Surfaces". Mathematica Journal. 12., with A.F. Agnew, A. Bobe, W.G. Boskoff.
  6. Suceavă, Bogdan (2011). "Distances generated by Barbilian's metrization procedure by oscillation of sub logarithmic functions". Houston Journal of Mathematics. 37: 147–159.
  7. Suceavă, Bogdan (2013). "New Curvature Inequalities for Hypersurfaces in the Euclidean Ambient Space". Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics. 17 (3): 885–895. doi:10.11650/tjm.17.2013.2504. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-02., with C.T.R. Conley, R. Etnyre, B. Gardener, L. H. Odom
  8. Suceavă, Bogdan (2015). "A Medieval Mystery: Nicole Oresme's Concept of Curvitas" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 62 (9): 1030–1034., with Isabel M. Serrano


  1. ^ "Author's Note" in Bogdan Suceavă (2013). Miruna, A Tale. Prague: Twisted Spoon.
  2. ^ a b "Bogdan Suceava: "Cel mai important ar fi să tacă din gură cei care nu se pricep"" (in Romanian). Voci pentru România. July 4, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Adina Diniţoiu (June 26, 2013). "Am ales să trăiesc în Statele Unite pentru că îmi place să fiu liber într-o lume stabilă" (in Romanian). Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  4. ^ George Onofrei (August 6, 2013). "Bogdan Suceava: "Cum ar fi fost sa ai o diplomatie extraordinara si sa nu fi existat scriitorii?"" (in Romanian). Suplimentul del Cultură. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  5. ^ MAA. "Fall 2017 Meeting SoCal". Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ AMS (June 26, 2015). "Recent Advances in the Geometry of Submanifolds: Dedicated to the Memory of Franki Dillen (1963-2013)". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  7. ^ MAA. "2020 Awards Announced for Top Expository Mathematical Writing in MAA Publications". Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Debra Cano Ramos (March 23, 2011). "Romanian Satire: Professor's Novel Addresses Post-Communist Life". Spotlight. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  9. ^ Damian Kelleher (June 6, 2011). "The Bogdan Suceava Interview". Quarterly Conversation. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Several Czech translation prizes awarded". CEATL. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2018.