Felix Berezin

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Felix Berezin
Born (1931-04-25)25 April 1931
Died 14 July 1980(1980-07-14) (aged 49)
in the region of Kolyma
Nationality Soviet
Alma mater Moscow State University
Known for the Berezinian
Berezin integral
Berezin transform
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Theoretical physics
Institutions Moscow State University
Doctoral advisor Israel Gelfand
Doctoral students Valentin Golodets
Igor Korepanov
Ivan Stankevich
Anatoly Stepin

Felix Alexandrovich Berezin (Russian: Фе́ликс Алекса́ндрович Бере́зин; 25 April 1931 – 14 July 1980) was a Soviet Russian mathematician and physicist known for his contributions to the theory of supersymmetry and supermanifolds as well as to the path integral formulation of quantum field theory.

Berezin studied at the Moscow State University, but was not allowed to do his graduate studies there on account of his Jewish origin (his mother was Jewish). For the next three years Berezin taught at Moscow high schools. He continued to study mathematical physics under direction of Israel Gelfand. After Khrushchev's liberalization, he joined the Department of Mathematics at the Moscow State University at the age of 25.

The Berezin integral over anticommuting Grassmann variables is named for him, as is the closely related construction of the Berezinian which may be regarded as the "super"-analog of the determinant.

Berezin drowned during a summer trip in the region of Kolyma.


  • The Method of Second Quantization, Academic Press (1966).
  • Introduction to Superanalysis, Springer (1987).


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