Person: Voronoy, Georgy Fedoseevich
Georgy Voronoy was a Ukranian mathematician best known for the Voronoi diagram which is a partitioning of a plane into regions based on distance to a finite set of points.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Georgy completed his high school education at the gymnasium in Priluki, graduating in 1885.
- Voronoy did not have a particularly easy time at university.
- Voronoy had to tutor mathematics, often for rather small fees, and, taking such work very seriously and putting much effort into it, he found giving lessons exhausting.
- After graduating from St Petersburg in 1889, writing a dissertation on Bernoulli numbers, Voronoy decided to remain there and work for his teaching qualification.
- Voronoy lectured at Warsaw University, being appointed professor of pure mathematics there in 1894.
- Voronoy then discussed Jacobi's generalisation, after which he went on to look at generalisations due to Poincaré and Hurwitz.
- Both Voronoy's master's thesis and his doctoral thesis were of such high quality that they were awarded the Bunyakovsky prize by the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences.
- Later Voronoy worked on the theory of numbers, in particular he worked on algebraic numbers and the geometry of numbers.
- In considering tessellations, Voronoy introduced what are today called Voronoi diagrams or Voronoi tessellations.
- In 1904 Voronoy attended the Third International Congress of Mathematicians at Heidelberg.
Born 28 April 1868, Zhuravka, Poltava guberniya, Russia (now Ukraine). Died 20 November 1908, Warsaw, Russian Empire (now Poland).
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