Victor Kolyvagin

Victor Kolyvagin
Nationality Russian
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Johns Hopkins University, CUNY
Alma mater Moscow State University
Doctoral advisor Yuri Manin
Doctoral students Heuisu Ryu
Alexandru Tupan

Victor Alexandrovich Kolyvagin (Russian: Ви́ктор Алекса́ндрович Колыва́гин) is a Russian mathematician who wrote a series of papers on Euler systems, leading to breakthroughs on the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, and Iwasawa's conjecture for cyclotomic fields.[1] His work also influenced Andrew Wiles's work on Fermat's Last Theorem.[2][3]

Kolyvagin received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1981 from Moscow State University,[4] where his advisor was Yuri I. Manin. He then worked at Steklov Institute of Mathematics in Moscow[2] until 1994. In 1990 he received the Chebyshev Prize of the USSR Academy of Sciences.[4]

Since 1994 he has been a professor of mathematics in the United States. He was a professor at Johns Hopkins University until 2002 when he became the first person to hold the Mina Rees Chair in mathematics at the Graduate Center Faculty at The City University of New York.[5][4]


  1. Rubin, Karl (2000). Euler Systems. Annals of Mathematics Studies. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-05075-9.
  2. 1 2 Cipra, Barry. "Fermat Proof Hits a Stumbling Block". Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 263 (5142): 1967–8. doi:10.1126/science.262.5142.1967-a. JSTOR 2882956.
  3. Cipra, Barry A. (01-06-1989). "Getting a Grip on Elliptic Curves Author". Science, New Series. American Association for the Advancement of Science Stable. 243 (4887): 30–31. doi:10.1126/science.243.4887.30. JSTOR 1703169. PMID 17780417. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. 1 2 3 Arenson, Karen W. (08-07-2002). "Benefactor's Chair Filled at CUNY". The New York Times. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. Targeted News Service (2009-12-22). "NSF Invests a Million Dollars in Number Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center".

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