Vladimir Steklov (mathematician)

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Vladimir A. Steklov
Born(1864-01-09)9 January 1864
Died30 May 1926(1926-05-30) (aged 62)
Alma materKharkov University
Known forPoincaré–Steklov operator
Scientific career
FieldsApplied mathematics
InstitutionsKharkov University
Doctoral advisorAleksandr Lyapunov
Doctoral studentsVladimir Smirnov

Vladimir Andreevich Steklov (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Стекло́в; 9 January 1864 – 30 May 1926) was a Prominent Russian and Soviet mathematician, mechanician and physicist.


Steklov was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. In 1887, he graduated from the Kharkov University, where he was a student of Aleksandr Lyapunov. In 1889–1906 he worked at the Department of Mechanics of this University, he became a full professor in 1896. During 1893–1905 he also taught theoretical mechanics in the Kharkov Technological Institute (now known as Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute). In 1906 he started working at Petersburg University. In 1921 he petitioned for the creation of the Institute of Physics and Mathematics. Upon his death the institute was named after him; the Mathematics Department split from the Institute in 1934. It is now known as Steklov Institute of Mathematics.

Steklov's primary scientific contribution was in the area of orthogonal functional sets, he introduced a class of closed orthogonal sets, developed the asymptotic Liouville–Steklov method for orthogonal polynomials, proved theorems on generalized Fourier series, and developed an approximation technique later named Steklov function. He also worked on hydrodynamics and the theory of elasticity.

Steklov wrote a number of works on the history of science, he was an Invited Speaker of the ICM in 1924 in Toronto.[1] In 1926 he was elected a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.[2]

Steklov died in Gaspra, Crimea, USSR, he was interred in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


  1. ^ Stekloff, Wladimir. "Les recherches posthumes de Liapounoff sur les figures d'équilibre d'un liquide hétérogène en rotation". In: Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Toronto, August 11–16. 1924. vol. 2. pp. 23–30.
  2. ^ Holger Krahnke (2001), Die Mitglieder der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen 1751–2001 (in German), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, p. 232, ISBN 3-525-82516-1

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