Who was Olga Ladyzhenskaya ? Everything You Need to know about ‘Russian-Soviet mathematician’

Who was Olga Ladyzhenskaya ? Everything You Need to know about ‘Russian-Soviet mathematician’


Today the Search Engine Google is celebrating
Olga Ladyzhenskaya’s 97th Birthday with attractive Google Doodle in the few countries. Today’s Doodle celebrates Olga Ladyzhenskaya,
a Russian mathematician who triumphed over personal tragedy and obstacles to become one
of the most influential thinkers of her generation. Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya was a Soviet
and Russian mathematician. She was known for her work on partial differential
equations and fluid dynamics. She provided the first rigorous proofs of
the convergence of a finite difference method for the Navier–Stokes equations. She was a student of Ivan Petrovsky. She was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal in
2002. Born in the rural town of Kologriv on this
day in 1922, Ladyzhenskaya was inspired to love algebra by her father, a mathematician
descended from Russian nobility. She was just 15 years old when her father
was jailed and executed by Soviet authorities who accused him of being an “enemy of the
state.” Subsequently, her mother and sisters sold
dresses, shoes, and soap to make ends meet. Despite graduating from secondary school with
excellent grades, she was later denied admission to Leningrad State University because of her
family name. After years of teaching math to secondary
school students, Ladyzhenskaya finally got the chance to attend Moscow State University,
studying under the renowned mathematician Ivan Petrovsky. There, she earned her PhD and went on to head
the Laboratory of Mathematical Physics at the Steklov Mathematical Institute. Later, she elected to stay in Russia despite
the collapse of the Soviet Union and the economic pressures that followed. The author of more than 250 papers, Ladyzhenskaya’s
methods for solving partial differential equations remain profoundly influential. A member of the St. Petersburg Mathematical
Society since 1959, she became its president in 1990. Beyond mathematics, she was also a lover of
nature and the arts. Recognized by numerous international institutions,
she was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal by the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002 for
her impressive contributions to the world of mathematics. Happy 97th birthday, Olga Thanks for watching

19 Comments on "Who was Olga Ladyzhenskaya ? Everything You Need to know about ‘Russian-Soviet mathematician’"


  1. Wish the narrator had had the courtesy to pronounce Ms Ladyzhenskaya's last name correctly. The first two syllables are NOT supposed to be like the English word "lady".

    What's the significance of the graphic used above for the first "O" in Google? Don't like to sound frivolous, but it looks to me exactly like one of the cutting-plates in my bench-top vegetable grater.

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  2. I am impressed not only with her skills in physics and mathematics, but her never ending courage.  Through it all she had more drive than most would under the political conditions and sets a high bar for the rest of us to follow if we wish and dream.  Happy Birthday fine lady!

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  3. What a struggle, in order to make breakthroughs in the field she loved! A struggle for her education, for her career, and all the time bearing the burden of what happened to her father who first fed her love of maths. Read some other accounts of her life, available on the Google search page, for more tidbits.

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