Talk:Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov

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A few minutes ago I deleted him from the List of French Jews. Now I am hesitating. Here are questions: Is he French, is he Jew (or at least does he recognize himself a Jew)? Place of birth? Citizenship? Mikkalai 18:26, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Gromov was born in Russia but became a French citizen in 1995. He is almost definitely ethnically Jewish (one reliable source is [1], but I can get more details if you like). I don't know how he identifies religiously. However the general consensus on List of Jews and similar pages is that ethnic identity is sufficient (though an individual with only one Jewish parent who does not identify as Jewish should be mentioned as such). Juko 20:44, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Since there are "passport" categories for people, this information must be clearly stated in the article, so that he be properly categorized: is he at Category:French mathematicians, Category:American mathematicians Category:Jewish Russian people (probably to be renamed into Category:Russian and Soviet Jews), whatever. Mikkalai 21:24, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Misha Gromov is half-Jewish according to Tony Phillips, professor of mathematics at Stony Brook University. Source: [2] Mary473 00:11, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
How is it possible to be half-Jewish? I thought the determination was simple to make in principle: If your mother is Jewish, you are Jewish. If she's not, you're not. End of story. Or so I had thought. Hanche (talk) 17:49, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
These are clearly private matters, and of little or no relevance to Gromov's work. Feketekave (talk) 21:20, 4 May 2013 (UTC)


I'm not sure whether Gromov was a citizen of USA; I did not succeed in finding any sources for it (though it's written in a lot of places that in 1992 he has naturalized in France). He spent a lot of time in America, but was it citizenship, or green-card or something? Anyone knows? --Burivykh (talk) 15:05, 23 December 2009 (UTC)