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Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov (Russian: Влади́мир Ива́нович Смирно́в) (June 10, 1887, Saint Petersburg, Russia - February 11, 1974, Leningrad, USSR) was a Russian mathematician who made significant contributions in both pure and applied mathematics, as well as the history of mathematics.

Smirnov worked on diverse areas of mathematics, such as complex functions and conjugate functions in euclidean spaces. In the applied field his work includes the propagation of waves in elastic media with plane boundaries (with Sobolev) and the oscillations of elastic spheres.

Smirnov was a Ph.D. student of Vladimir Steklov. Among his notable students were Sergei Sobolev and Nobel prize winner Leonid Kantorovich.

Smirnov is also widely known among students for his five volume book A Course in Higher Mathematics (the first volume was written jointly with Jacob Tamarkin).

External links

* Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov (mathematician) at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
* O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Vladimir Ivanovich Smirnov (mathematician)", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews, http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Smirnov.html .

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