Andrey Kolmogorov
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Andrey Kolmogorov  

Born  Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov 25 April 1903 Tambov, Russian Empire 
Died  20 October 1987 Moscow, Soviet Union 
(aged 84)
Citizenship  Soviet Union 
Nationality  Russian 
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  Moscow State University 
Alma mater  Moscow State University 
Doctoral advisor  Nikolai Luzin^{[1]} 
Doctoral students  
Known for  
Notable awards 

Spouse  Anna Dmitrievna Egorova (m. 1942–87) 
Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov (Russian: Андрей Николаевич Колмогоров; IPA: [ɐnˈdrʲej nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ kəlmɐˈɡorəf] ( listen), 25 April 1903 – 20 October 1987)^{[4]}^{[5]} was a 20thcentury Russian mathematician who made significant contributions to the mathematics of probability theory, topology, intuitionistic logic, turbulence, classical mechanics, algorithmic information theory and computational complexity.^{[1]}^{[3]}^{[6]}
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Biography[edit]
Early life[edit]
Andrey Kolmogorov was born in Tambov, about 500 kilometers southsoutheast of Moscow, in 1903. His unmarried mother, Maria Y. Kolmogorova, died giving birth to him.^{[7]} Andrey was raised by two of his aunts in Tunoshna (near Yaroslavl) at the estate of his grandfather, a welltodo nobleman.
Little is known about Andrey's father. He was supposedly named Nikolai Matveevich Kataev and had been an agronomist. Nikolai had been exiled from St. Petersburg to the Yaroslavl province after his participation in the revolutionary movement against the czars. He disappeared in 1919 and he was presumed to have been killed in the Russian Civil War.
Andrey Kolmogorov was educated in his aunt Vera's village school, and his earliest literary efforts and mathematical papers were printed in the school journal "The Swallow of Spring". Andrey (at the age of five) was the "editor" of the mathematical section of this journal. Kolmogorov's first mathematical discovery was published in this journal: at the age of five he noticed the regularity in the sum of the series of odd numbers: etc.^{[8]}
In 1910, his aunt adopted him, and they moved to Moscow, where he graduated from high school in 1920. Later that same year, Kolmogorov began to study at the Moscow State University and at the same time Mendeleev Moscow Institute of Chemistry and Technology.^{[9]} Kolmogorov writes about this time: "I arrived at Moscow University with a fair knowledge of mathematics. I knew in particular the beginning of set theory. I studied many questions in articles in the Encyclopedia of Brockhaus and Efron, filling out for myself what was presented too concisely in these articles."^{[10]}
Kolmogorov gained a reputation for his wideranging erudition. While an undergraduate student in college, he attended the seminars of the Russian historian S. V. Bachrushin, and he published his first research paper on the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries' landholding practices in the Novgorod Republic.^{[11]} During the same period (1921–22), Kolmogorov worked out and proved several results in set theory and in the theory of Fourier series.
Adulthood[edit]
In 1922, Kolmogorov gained international recognition for constructing a Fourier series that diverges almost everywhere.^{[12]}^{[13]} Around this time, he decided to devote his life to mathematics.
In 1925, Kolmogorov graduated from the Moscow State University and began to study under the supervision of Nikolai Luzin.^{[1]} He formed a lifelong close friendship with Pavel Alexandrov, a fellow student of Luzin; indeed several authors have claimed that the two friends were involved in a homosexual relationship.^{[14]}^{[15]} Kolmogorov (together with Aleksandr Khinchin) became interested in probability theory. Also in 1925, he published his work in intuitionistic logic — On the principle of the excluded middle, in which he proved that under a certain interpretation, all statements of classical formal logic can be formulated as those of intuitionistic logic. In 1929, Kolmogorov earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, from Moscow State University.
In 1930, Kolmogorov went on his first long trip abroad, traveling to Göttingen and Munich, and then to Paris. He had various scientific contacts in Göttingen. First of all with Courant and his students working on limit theorems, where diffusion processes turned out to be the limits of discrete random processes, then with H. Weyl in intuitionistic logic, and lastly with Landau in function theory. His pioneering work, About the Analytical Methods of Probability Theory, was published (in German) in 1931. Also in 1931, he became a professor at the Moscow State University.
In 1933, Kolmogorov published his book, Foundations of the Theory of Probability, laying the modern axiomatic foundations of probability theory and establishing his reputation as the world's leading expert in this field. In 1935, Kolmogorov became the first chairman of the department of probability theory at the Moscow State University. Around the same years (1936) Kolmogorov contributed to the field of ecology and generalized the Lotka–Volterra model of predatorprey systems.
In 1936, Kolmogorov and Alexandrov were involved in the political persecution of their common teacher Nikolai Luzin, in the socalled Luzin affair.^{[16]}^{[17]}
In a 1938 paper, Kolmogorov "established the basic theorems for smoothing and predicting stationary stochastic processes"—a paper that had major military applications during the Cold War.^{[18]} In 1939, he was elected a full member (academician) of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
During World War II Kolmogorov contributed to the Russian war effort by applying statistical theory to artillery fire, developing a scheme of stochastic distribution of barrage balloons intended to help protect Moscow from German bombers.^{[19]}
In his study of stochastic processes (random processes), especially Markov processes, Kolmogorov and the British mathematician Sydney Chapman independently developed the pivotal set of equations in the field, which have been given the name of the Chapman–Kolmogorov equations.
Later, Kolmogorov focused his research on turbulence, where his publications (beginning in 1941) significantly influenced the field. In classical mechanics, he is best known for the Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem, first presented in 1954 at the International Congress of Mathematicians. In 1957, working jointly with his student V. I. Arnold, he solved a particular interpretation of Hilbert's thirteenth problem. Around this time he also began to develop, and was considered a founder of, algorithmic complexity theory – often referred to as Kolmogorov complexity theory.
Kolmogorov married Anna Dmitrievna Egorova in 1942. He pursued a vigorous teaching routine throughout his life, not only at the university level but also with younger children, as he was actively involved in developing a pedagogy for gifted children (in literature, music, and mathematics). At the Moscow State University, Kolmogorov occupied different positions, including the heads of several departments: probability, statistics, and random processes; mathematical logic. He also served as the Dean of the Moscow State University Department of Mechanics and Mathematics.
In 1971, Kolmogorov joined an oceanographic expedition aboard the research vessel Dmitri Mendeleev. He wrote a number of articles for the Great Soviet Encyclopedia. In his later years, he devoted much of his effort to the mathematical and philosophical relationship between probability theory in abstract and applied areas.^{[20]}
Kolmogorov died in Moscow in 1987, and his remains were buried in the Novodevichy cemetery.
A quotation attributed to Kolmogorov is [translated into English]: "Every mathematician believes that he is ahead of the others. The reason none state this belief in public is because they are intelligent people."
Vladimir Arnold once said: "Kolmogorov – Poincaré – Gauss – Euler – Newton, are only five lives separating us from the source of our science".
Awards and honours[edit]
Kolmogorov received numerous awards and honours both during and after his lifetime:
 Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences^{[2]}
 Awarded the Stalin Prize in 1941
 Award the Balzan Prize in 1962
 Elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1963^{[21]}
 Elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1964.^{[3]}
 Awarded the Lenin Prize in 1965
 Awarded the Wolf Prize in 1980
 Awarded the Lobachevsky Prize in 1986
The following are named in Kolmogorov's honour:
 Fisher–Kolmogorov equation
 Kolmogorov axioms
 Kolmogorov equations (also known as the Fokker–Planck equations in the context of diffusion and in the forward case)
 Kolmogorov dimension (upper box dimension)
 Kolmogorov–Arnold theorem
 Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem
 Kolmogorov continuity theorem
 Kolmogorov’s criterion
 Kolmogorov extension theorem
 Kolmogorov's threeseries theorem
 Kolmogorov homology
 Kolmogorov's inequality
 Landau–Kolmogorov inequality
 Kolmogorov integral
 Brouwer–Heyting–Kolmogorov interpretation
 Kolmogorov microscales
 Fréchet–Kolmogorov theorem
 Kolmogorov space
 Kolmogorov complexity
 Kolmogorov–Smirnov test
 Kolmogorov automorphism
 Kolmogorov's characterization of reversible diffusions
 Borel–Kolmogorov paradox
 Chapman–Kolmogorov equation
 Hahn–Kolmogorov theorem
 Johnson–Mehl–Avrami–Kolmogorov equation
 Kolmogorov–Sinai entropy
 Astronomical seeing described by Kolmogorov's turbulence law
 Kolmogorov structure function
 Kolmogorov's zeroone law
 Kolmogorov–Zurbenko filter
Bibliography[edit]
A bibliography of his works appeared in "Publications of A. N. Kolmogorov". Annals of Probability. 17 (3): 945–964. July 1989. doi:10.1214/aop/1176991252.
 Kolmogorov, Andrey (1933). Grundbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung (in German). Berlin: Julius Springer.^{[22]}
 Translation: Kolmogorov, Andrey (1956). Foundations of the Theory of Probability (2nd ed.). New York: Chelsea. ISBN 0828400237. Retrieved 20160217.
 1991–93. Selected works of A.N. Kolmogorov, 3 vols. Tikhomirov, V. M., ed., Volosov, V. M., trans. Dordrecht:Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 9027727961
 1925. "On the principle of the excluded middle" in Jean van Heijenoort, 1967. A Source Book in Mathematical Logic, 1879–1931. Harvard Univ. Press: 414–37.
 Kolmogorov, Andrei N. (1963). "On Tables of Random Numbers". Sankhyā Ser. A. 25: 369–375. MR 178484.
 Kolmogorov, Andrei N. (1998) [1963]. "On Tables of Random Numbers". Theoretical Computer Science. 207 (2): 387–395. doi:10.1016/S03043975(98)000759. MR 1643414.
 Kolmogorov, Andrei N. (2005) Selected works. In 6 volumes. Moscow (in Russian)
Textbooks:
 A. N. Kolmogorov and B. V. Gnedenko. "Limit distributions for sums of independent random variables", 1954.
 A. N. Kolmogorov and S. V. Fomin. "Elements of the Theory of Functions and Functional Analysis", Publication 1999, Publication 2012
References[edit]
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} Andrey Kolmogorov at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} Youschkevitch, A.P. (1983), "A.N.Kolmogorov: Historian and philosopher of mathematics on the occasion of his 80th birfhday", Historia Mathematica, 10 (4): 383–395, doi:10.1016/03150860(83)900010
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Kendall, D. G. (1991). "Andrei Nikolaevich Kolmogorov. 25 April 190320 October 1987". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 37: 300–326. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1991.0015.
 ^ "Academician Andrei Nikolaevich Kolmogorov (obituary)". Russian Mathematical Surveys. 43: 1–9. 1988. Bibcode:1988RuMaS..43....1.. doi:10.1070/RM1988v043n01ABEH001555.
 ^ Parthasarathy, K. R. (1988). "Obituary: Andrei Nikolaevich Kolmogorov". Journal of Applied Probability. 25 (2): 445–450. doi:10.2307/3214455.
 ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Andrey Kolmogorov", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
 ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov", accessed February 22, 2013.
 ^ "Andrei N Kolmogorov prepared by V M Tikhomirov". Wolf Prize in Mathematics, v.2. World Scientific. 2001. pp. 119–141. ISBN 9789812811769.
 ^ "Андрей Николаевич КОЛМОГОРОВ. Curriculum Vitae".
 ^ Kolmogorov in Perspective (History of Mathematics). 2000. p. 6. ISBN 9780821829189.
 ^ Salsburg, David (2001). The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century. New York: W. H. Freeman. pp. 137–50. ISBN 0716741067.
 ^ Kolmogoriv, A. (1923). "Une série de Fourier–Lebesgue divergente presque partout" [A Fourier–Lebesgue series that diverges almost everywhere] (PDF). Fundamenta Mathematicae (in French). 4 (1): 324–328.
 ^ V. I. ArnoldMax Dresden. "In Brief".
 ^ Graham, Loren R.; Kantor, JeanMichel (2009). Naming infinity: a true story of religious mysticism and mathematical creativity. Harvard University Press. p. 185. ISBN 9780674032934.
The police soon learned of Kolmogorov and Alexandrov's homosexual bond, and they used that knowledge to obtain the behavior that they wished.
 ^ Gessen, Masha (2011). Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a Lifetime. Icon Books Ltd. p. 17.
Kolmogorov alone among the top Soviet mathematicians avoided being drafted into the postwar military effort. His students always wondered whyand the only likely explanation seems to be Kolmogorov's homosexuality. His lifelong partner, with whom he shared a home starting in 1929, was the topologist Pavel Alexandrov.
 ^ Lorentz, G. G. (2001). "Who discovered analytic sets?". The Mathematical Intelligencer. 23 (4): 28–32. doi:10.1007/BF03024600.
 ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "The 1936 Luzin affair", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
 ^ Salsburg, p. 139.
 ^ Gleick, James (2012). The Information: a history, a theory, a flood. New York: Vintage Books. p. 334. ISBN 9781400096237.
 ^ Salsburg, pp. 145–7.
 ^ "A.N. Kolmogorov (1903–1987)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
 ^ Rietz, H. L. (1934). "Review: Grundbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung by A. Kolmogoroff" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 40 (7): 522–523. doi:10.1090/s000299041934058956.
External links[edit]
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrey Kolmogorov. 
 Biography at Scholarpedia
 The origins and legacy of Kolmogorov's Grundbegriffe
 Vitanyi, P.M.B., Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov. Scholarpedia, 2(2):2798; 2007
 Collection of links to Kolmogorov resources
 Interview with Professor A. M. Yaglom about Kolmogorov, Gelfand and other (1988, Ithaca, New York)
 Kolmogorov School at Moscow University
 Annual Kolmogorov Lecture at the Computer Learning Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London
 Lorentz G. G., Mathematics and Politics in the Soviet Union from 1928 to 1953
 Kutateladze S. S., The Tragedy of Mathematics in Russia
 Video recording of the G. Falkovich's lecture: "Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov (1903–1987) and the Russian school"^{[dead link]}
 Andrey Kolmogorov at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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