J. V. Uspensky

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J. V. Uspensky
Uspensky&Delone Cropped 1924.jpg
Delaunay (left) with Uspensky
Yakov Viktorovich Uspensky (Russian: Яков Викторович Успенский)

(1883-04-29)April 29, 1883
DiedJanuary 27, 1947(1947-01-27) (aged 63)
San Francisco, United States
Alma materUniversity of St. Petersburg
Scientific career
Number theory,
Probability theory
InstitutionsStanford University,
University of Minnesota
Doctoral advisorAndrey Markov [1]
Notable students

James Victor Uspensky (April 29, 1883 – January 27, 1947) was a Russian and American mathematician notable for writing Theory of Equations.[2][3]


Uspensky 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.[4]

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.[4] Uspensky was the one who kept alive Vincent's theorem of 1834 and 1836, carrying the torch (so to speak) from Serret.[5]


  • Uspensky, J. V. (1948). Theory of equations.
  • Uspensky, J. V.; Heaslet, M. A. (1939). Elementary Number Theory.
  • Uspensky, J. V. (1937). Introduction to mathematical probability.


  1. ^ James Uspensky on the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ J. V. Uspensky (1948). Theory of Equations. Pp. vii. 353. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co.
  3. ^ Kenneth May (1949). Book Review: Theory of Equations, by J. V. Uspensky. Popular Astronomy. 57. p. 46. [1].
  4. ^ a b Royden (1988).
  5. ^ Uspensky's biography (in Russian).


  • 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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