MSU Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics

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MSU Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
Механико-математический факультет МГУ
Other name
Мехмат МГУ
DeanAndrei Shafarevich

The MSU Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics (Russian: Механико-математический факультет МГУ) is a faculty of Moscow State University.


Although lectures in mathematics had been delivered since Moscow State University was founded in 1755, the mathematical and physical department was founded only in 1804. The Mathematics and Mechanics Department was founded on 1 May 1933 and comprised mathematics, mechanics and astronomy departments (the latter passed to the Physics Department in 1956). In 1953 the department moved to a new building on the Sparrow Hills and the current division in mathematics and mechanics branches was settled. In 1970, the Department of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics broke off the department due to the research in computer science.[1]

A 2014 article entitled "Math as a tool of anti-semitism" in The Mathematics Enthusiast discussed antisemitism in the Moscow State University’s Department of Mathematics during the 1970s and 1980s.[2][3][4]

Current state[edit]

Today the Department comprises 26 chairs (17 in the mathematical and 9 in the mechanics branch) and 14 research laboratories. Around 350 professors, assistant professors and researchers work at the department. Around 2000 students and 450 postgraduates study at the department. The education lasts 5 years (6 years from 2011).[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty (past and present)[edit]


  1. ^ "Chronicle of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics" (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  3. ^ Malseed, Mark (May 6, 2013). "The Story of Sergey Brin".
  4. ^ Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. Penguin. 3 November 2009. ISBN 9781101151402.

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Coordinates: 55°42′11″N 37°31′50″E / 55.7031°N 37.5306°E / 55.7031; 37.5306