Person: Borok, Valentina Mikhailovna
Valentina Borok was a Ukranian mathematician who worked in partial differential equations.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- From that time on, Valentina fully shared the hardships of the majority of the population of Ukraine, including the very difficult years of evacuation during World War II.
- In 1949, on the advice of her high school teachers, Valentina decided to study mathematics and was admitted as a mathematics student to Kiev State University.
- In her second year of undergraduate studies, Valentina (along with Yakov) started research under the supervision of Georgii Shilov, and quickly established herself as a serious scientist.
- In 1954, Valentina graduated from Kiev University and moved (following G E Shilov) to the graduate school at Moscow State University, where she received a PhD in 1957 for a thesis On Systems of Linear Partial Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients.
- From 1960 to 1994 Valentina Borok worked at Kharkov State University.
- In the early 1960s Valentina worked on fundamental solutions and stability for partial differential equations well-posed in the sense of Petrovskii.
- Valentina's work during that time was mostly joint with Yakov Zhitomirskii.
- Starting in the late 1960s, Valentina began a series of papers that lay the foundations for the theory of local and non-local boundary value problems in infinite layers for systems of partial differential equations.
- In the early 1970s Valentina Borok founded a school on the general theory of partial differential equations in Kharkov.
- The work of Valentina Borok and her school on boundary value problems in layers forms an important chapter in the general theory of partial differential equations.
- During her lifetime, Valentina published some 80 papers in top Russian and Ukrainian journals.
- Valentina continued working with them informally and encouraging them to pursue their research.
- Valentina Mikhailovna was considered THE teacher of rigorous analysis in Kharkov State University.
- Valentina Borok was a brilliant lecturer and an extremely dedicated teacher to her undergraduates.
- In 1994, a grave illness forced Valentina to urgently retire and emigrate to Israel, as the necessary medical treatment was unavailable in Ukraine.
Born 9 July 1931, Kharkov, Ukraine. Died 4 February 2004, Haifa, Israel.
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Origin Ukraine, Women
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive