Lev Pontryagin

1908 - 1988

Lev Pontryagin

Lev Semyonovich 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 due to 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 102,050 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 306th most popular mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Lev Pontryagin ranks 306 out of 746Before him are Lorenzo Mascheroni, Albert Girard, Al-Khazini, Zhu Shijie, Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant, and Jesse Douglas. After him are Antoine Gombaud, Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, Jean Dieudonné, Michael Scot, Guo Shoujing, and Emil Leon Post.

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Among people born in 1908, Lev Pontryagin ranks 91Before him are Libertad Lamarque, Jean Delannoy, Fritz Witt, Van Heflin, Lionel Hampton, and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. After him are Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine, Michael Redgrave, Françoise Dolto, Lupe Vélez, Arturo Frondizi, and Sergei Sobolev. Among people deceased in 1988, Lev Pontryagin ranks 57Before him are Trường Chinh, Renato Salvatori, Antonín Puč, Heo Jeong, Bacha Khan, and Anne Ramsey. After him are Richard S. Castellano, Mohammad-Hossein Shahriar, Françoise Dolto, Khalil al-Wazir, Gaston Eyskens, and Seán MacBride.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Lev Pontryagin ranks 629 out of 2,050Before him are Mikhail Zoshchenko (1894), Walter Weiß (1890), Olga Rubtsova (1909), Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (1922), Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev (1832), and Konstantin Paustovsky (1892). After him are Iosif Gurko (1828), Elisaveta Bykova (1913), Yaroslav of Tver (1230), Alexander Schmorell (1917), Ivan Panfilov (1893), and Léonide Massine (1896).


Among mathematicians born in Russia, Lev Pontryagin ranks 17Before him are Aleksandr Lyapunov (1857), Grigori Perelman (1966), Igor Ansoff (1918), Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909), Ivan Vinogradov (1891), and Pavel Alexandrov (1896). After him are Rudolf Lipschitz (1832), Sergei Novikov (1938), Sergei Sobolev (1908), Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov (1943), Otto Hesse (1811), and Alfred Clebsch (1833).

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