Boris Tsirelson

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Boris Tsirelson
Boris Tsirelson while a first-year student, in 1967
Born(1950-05-04)May 4, 1950
Leningrad, Soviet Union
DiedJanuary 21, 2020(2020-01-21) (aged 69)
Basel, Switzerland
Known forTsirelson's bound
Tsirelson space
Tsirelson drift
Gaussian isoperimetric inequality
Scientific career
ThesisGeneral properties of bounded Gaussian processes and related questions[1] (1975)
Doctoral advisorIldar Ibragimov

Boris Semyonovich Tsirelson (May 4, 1950 – January 21, 2020)[2] (Hebrew: בוריס סמיונוביץ' צירלסון‎, Russian: Борис Семёнович Цирельсон) was a RussianIsraeli mathematician and Professor of Mathematics at Tel Aviv University in Israel.


Tsirelson was born in Leningrad to a Russian Jewish family. From his father Simeon's side, he is the great-nephew of rabbi Yehuda Leib Tsirelson, chief rabbi of Bessarabia from 1918 to 1941, and a prominent posek and Jewish leader. He obtained his Master of Science from the University of Leningrad and remained there to pursue graduate studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1975.

Later, he participated in the refusenik movement, but only received permission to emigrate to Israel in 1991. From then until 2017, he was a professor at Tel-Aviv University.

In 1998 he was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin.[3]

Contributions to mathematics[edit]

Tsirelson made notable contributions to probability theory and functional analysis. These include:


  1. ^ Boris Tsirelson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "The School of Mathematical Sciences mourns the death of our colleague, Professor Boris Tsirelson". February 25, 2020. Archived from the original on February 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Tsirelson, Boris (1998). "Within and beyond the reach of Brownian innovation". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III. pp. 311–320.
  4. ^ Wehner, Stephanie (2006-02-14). "Tsirelson bounds for generalized Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequalities". Physical Review A. 73 (2): 022110. arXiv:quant-ph/0510076. Bibcode:2006PhRvA..73b2110W. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.73.022110.
  5. ^ Mujica, J. (2001-04-01). "Ideals of holomorphic functions on Tsirelson's space". Archiv der Mathematik. 76 (4): 292–298. doi:10.1007/s000130050571. ISSN 0003-889X.
  6. ^ Maurey, Bernard (1995-01-01). "A Remark about Distortion". In Lindenstrauss, J.; Milman, V. (eds.). Geometric Aspects of Functional Analysis. Operator Theory Advances and Applications. Birkhäuser Basel. pp. 131–142. arXiv:math/9306212. doi:10.1007/978-3-0348-9090-8_13. ISBN 9783034899024.

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