Person: Smirnov, Vladimir Ivanovich
Vladimir Smirnov was a Russian mathematician who made important contributions in both pure and applied mathematics, and also in the history of mathematics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Smirnov had become friends with a number of outstanding mathematicians while at the Second Gymnasium.
 In 1910 Smirnov graduated from St Petersburg and remained at the University to study for the higher degrees which would allow him to become a university teacher.
 Smirnov worked jointly with his friends from the Second Gymnasium.
 From 1912 Smirnov taught at the St Petersburg Institute of Railway Engineering.
 Smirnov was awarded his doctorate in 1936 and he became head of the Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics.
 In 1953 Smirnov organised the Leningrad Mathematical Seminar.
 Smirnov had been an active member of the Leningrad Mathematical Society through the 1920s and he was a strong believer in relaunching the Society.
 In 1959, mainly due to the efforts of Smirnov, it became possible to restart the Leningrad Mathematical Society and Smirnov was elected the honorary president of the Society.
Born 10 June 1887, St Petersburg, Russia. Died 11 February 1974, Leningrad, USSR (now St Petersburg, Russia).
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