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Lev Pontryagin

1908 - 1988

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Lev Semenovich Pontryagin (Russian: Лев Семёнович Понтрягин, also written Pontriagin or Pontrjagin) (3 September 1908 – 3 May 1988) was a Soviet mathematician. He was born in Moscow and lost his eyesight completely due to an unsuccessful eye surgery after a primus stove explosion when he was 14. Despite his blindness he was able to become one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, partially with the help of his mother Tatyana Andreevna who read mathematical books and papers (notably those of Heinz Hopf, J. H. C. Whitehead, and Hassler Whitney) to him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lev Pontryagin has received more than 163,993 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Lev Pontryagin is the 311th most popular mathematician (down from 305th in 2019), the 741st most popular biography from Russia (down from 649th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Russian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Lev Pontryagin ranks 311 out of 823Before him are Wilhelm Ackermann, John Edensor Littlewood, Abū Kāmil Shujāʿ ibn Aslam, Georg Alexander Pick, Paul Cohen, and Giambattista Benedetti. After him are Oronce Finé, Edmund Landau, Shing-Tung Yau, Kiyosi Itô, Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant, and Abū Sahl al-Qūhī.

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Among people born in 1908, Lev Pontryagin ranks 99Before him are Saizo Saito, Harold Holt, Johanna Budwig, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Jacques Massu, and Sicco Mansholt. After him are Lionel Hampton, Michael DeBakey, Salo Flohr, Lee Krasner, Fyodor Okhlopkov, and Sarit Thanarat. Among people deceased in 1988, Lev Pontryagin ranks 67Before him are Luis Walter Alvarez, Henry Murray, George Uhlenbeck, Ilona Elek, Raymond Dart, and Antal Doráti. After him are Andy Gibb, Takeo Miki, Khalil al-Wazir, Trevor Howard, Gil Evans, and Piero Taruffi.

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Among people born in Russia, Lev Pontryagin ranks 741 out of 3,262Before him are Arsen Kotsoyev (1872), Alexander Yakovlev (1923), Ivan Yefimovich Petrov (1896), Alexander Gradsky (1949), Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia (1886), and Georgy Sviridov (1915). After him are Sergei Belov (1944), Princess Olga Paley (1865), Yuriy Yekhanurov (1948), Sergei Lyapunov (1859), Dokka Umarov (1964), and Volin (1882).


Among mathematicians born in Russia, Lev Pontryagin ranks 18Before him are Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909), Pavel Alexandrov (1896), Igor Ansoff (1918), Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov (1943), Olga Ladyzhenskaya (1922), and Rudolf Lipschitz (1832). After him are Sergei Sobolev (1908), Sergei Novikov (1938), Otto Hesse (1811), Ivan Vinogradov (1891), Alfred Clebsch (1833), and Nikolai Luzin (1883).