Zinovy Reichstein

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Zinovy Reichstein
Alma materHarvard University
Known forEssential dimension
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of British Columbia
Doctoral advisorMichael Artin

Zinovy Reichstein (born 1961) is a Russian-born American mathematician. He is a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He studies mainly algebra, algebraic geometry and algebraic groups. He introduced (with Joe P. Buhler) the concept of essential dimension.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

In high school, Reichstein participated in the national mathematics olympiad in Russia and was the third highest scorer in 1977 and second highest scorer in 1978.

Because of the Antisemitism in the Soviet Union at the time, Reichstein was not accepted to Moscow University, even though he had passed the special math entrance exams. He attended a semester of college at Russian University of Transport instead.

His family then decided to emigrate, arriving in Vienna, Austria, in August 1979 and New York, United States in the fall of 1980. Reichstein worked as a delivery boy for a short period of time in New York. He was then accepted to and attended California Institute of Technology for his undergraduate studies.[2]

Reichstein received his PhD degree in 1988 from Harvard University under the supervision of Michael Artin. Parts of his thesis entitled "The Behavior of Stability under Equivariant Maps" were published in the journal Inventiones Mathematicae.[3]


As of 2011, he is on the editorial board of the mathematics journal Transformation groups.[4]



  1. ^ J. Buhler, Z. Reichstein (1997). "On the Essential Dimension of a Finite Group". Compositio Mathematica. 106 (2): 159–179. doi:10.1023/A:1000144403695.
  2. ^ Dietrich, JS. "To Do Mathematics: The Odyssey of a Soviet Emigre" (PDF). calteches.library.caltech.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-06.
  3. ^ Reichstein, Zinovy (1989), "Stability and equivariant maps", Inventiones Mathematicae, 96 (2): 349–383, Bibcode:1989InMat..96..349R, doi:10.1007/BF01393967, S2CID 120929091
  4. ^ "Transformation groups (editorial board)". Springer.
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-06-09.
  7. ^ Speakers of the International Congress of Mathematicians, retrieved 2011-05-24

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