J. V. Uspensky

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Uspensky (right) with Delaunay

James Victor Uspensky (April 29, 1883 – January 27, 1947) was a Russian mathematician notable for writing Theory of Equations.[1][2] He was born in Urga, Outer Mongolia and died in San Francisco, California.

He graduated from the University of St. Petersburg in 1906 and received his doctorate from the University of St. Petersburg in 1910. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences from 1921.[3]

Uspensky joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1929-30 and 1930-31 as acting professor of mathematics. He was professor of mathematics at Stanford from 1931 until his death.[3]

Uspensky is the one who kept alive Vincent's theorem of 1834 and 1836, carrying the torch (so to speak) from Serret; for more details see the articles on Budan's theorem and Vincent's theorem. For more details on Uspensky's life (in Russian) see the article in http://www.apmath.spbu.ru/ru/misc/uspenskii.html.


  1. ^ J. V. Uspensky (1948). Theory of Equations. Pp. vii. 353. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co.
  2. ^ Kenneth May (1949). Book Review: Theory of Equations, by J. V. Uspensky. Popular Astronomy. 57. p. 46.  [1].
  3. ^ a b Royden (1988).


  • J. V. Uspensky (1931). "On Ch. Jordan's Series for Probability". Annals of Mathematics. Second Series. 32 (2): 306–312. doi:10.2307/1968193. 
  • J. V. Uspensky (1926–1927). "On the Development of Arbitrary Functions in Series of Hermite's and Laguerre's Polynomials". Annals of Mathematics. Second Series. 28 (1/4): 593–619. doi:10.2307/1968401. 
  • Halsey Royden (1988). The History of the Mathematics Department at Stanford, in A Century of Mathematics in America edited by Peter L. Duren, Richard Askey, and Uta C. Merzbach. American Mathematical Society, History of Mathematics Volume 2, Providence, Rhode Island. Link to PDF: "A History of Mathematics at Stanford" by Halsey Royden.

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