7 June 1914|
Berdyansk, Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine)
|Died||4 April 2004
Minneapolis, United States
|Alma mater||Kharkiv State University|
|Known for||Gelfand–Levitan equation, Levitan almost-periodic functions|
|Awards||Order of Lenin|
|Doctoral advisor||Naum Akhiezer|
|Doctoral students||Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt|
Boris Levitan was born in Berdyansk (now south-eastern Ukraine), and grew up in Kharkiv. He graduated from Kharkiv University in 1936; in 1938, he submitted his PhD thesis "Some Generalization of Almost Periodic Function" under the supervision of Naum Akhiezer. Then he defended the habilitation thesis "Theory of Generalized Translation Operators".
He was drafted into the army at the beginning of World War II in 1941, and served until 1944. From 1944 to 1961 he worked at the Dzerzhinsky Military Academy, and from 1961 in Moscow University. During the last years of his life, he worked in the University of Minnesota.
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