# Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko

Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko | |
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Бори́с Влади́мирович Гнеде́нко | |

Born | |

Died | December 27, 1995 | (aged 83)

Burial place | Kuntsevo Cemetery in Moscow |

Citizenship | Soviet Union |

Alma mater | Saratov State University (1930) |

Occupations | |

Years active | 1930–1995 |

Known for | works with Andrey Kolmogorov and personal contributions in probability theory, extreme value theory, Fisher–Tippett–Gnedenko theorem |

Spouse | Natalia K. Gnedenko |

Children | 2 sons |

Awards | USSR State Prize (1979) |

**Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko** (Russian: Бори́с Влади́мирович Гнеде́нко; January 1, 1912 – December 27, 1995) was a Soviet mathematician and a student of Andrey Kolmogorov. He was born in Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk), Russia, and died in Moscow. He is perhaps best known for his work with Kolmogorov, and his contributions to the study of probability theory, particularly extreme value theory, with such results as the Fisher–Tippett–Gnedenko theorem. Gnedenko was appointed as Head of the Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry Section of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1949, and became Director of the NASU Institute of Mathematics in 1955.

Gnedenko was a leading member of the Russian school of probability theory and statistics. He also worked on applications of statistics to reliability and quality control in manufacturing.^{[1]} He wrote a history of mathematics in Russia (published 1946), and with O. B. Sheynin the section on the history of probability theory in the history of mathematics by Kolmogorov and Adolph P. Yushkevich (published 1992). In 1958, he was a plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Edinburgh with a talk entitled "Limit theorems of probability theory".

## Books

[edit]- "Sur la distribution limite du terme maximum d'une série aléatoire".
*Annals of Mathematics*: 423–453. 1943. - with A. N. Kolmogorov:
*Limit distributions for sums of independent random variables*(trans. and annotated by K. L. Chung)*. 1954.*^{[2]} - with A. Ya. Khinchin:
*An elementary introduction to the theory of probability*(trans. by Leo F. Boron)*. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover. 1962.* *The theory of probability*(trans. by George Yankovsky)*. Moscow: MIR. 1969.*- with Yu. K. Belyayev and A. D. Solovyev:
*Mathematical methods of reliability theory*(trans. by Scripta Technica; trans. ed. by Richard E. Barlow)*. NY: Academic Press. 1969.* - with I. N. Kovalenko:
*Introduction to queueing theory*(trans. by Samuel Kotz)*. Boston: Birkhauser. 1989.*

## References

[edit]**^**Singpurwalla, Nozer D.; Smith, Richard D. (1992). "A Conversation with Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko".*Statistical Science*.**7**(2): 273–283. doi:10.1214/ss/1177011367.**^**Darling, Donald A. (1956). "Review:*Limit distributions for sums of independent random variables*by B. V. Gnedenko and A. N. Kolmogorov" (PDF).*Bull. Amer. Math. Soc*.**62**(1): 50–52. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1956-09978-1.

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[edit]- 1912 births
- 1995 deaths
- People from Ulyanovsk
- People from Simbirsky Uyezd
- Members of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- NASU Institute of Mathematics
- Soviet mathematicians
- Recipients of the Order of Friendship of Peoples
- Recipients of the Order of the Red Banner of Labour
- Recipients of the USSR State Prize
- Historians of mathematics
- Probability theorists
- Burials at Kuntsevo Cemetery