Person: Potapov, Vladimir Petrovich
Vladimir Potapov was a Ukrainian mathematician who worked on matrix functions.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Potapov entered Odessa conservatory to study music and for three years he followed the course.
- At Odessa University, Potapov was a student of Livsic and he was also taught by Livsic's teacher Krein.
- In 1941 Potapov was evacuated from Odessa which is in south-western Ukraine on the Black Sea coast.
- They prohibited the use of any subject connected with Potapov's investigations as a theme for a diploma.
- In 1948 Potapov was invited to the Pedagogical Institute at Odessa.
- During the 1950s Potapov worked on the theory of J-contractive matrix functions and the analysis of matrix functions became his main work.
- From 1974 Potapov lectured at Odessa Institute of National Economy, then he went to Kharkov to head the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Institute for low temperature physics.
Born 24 January 1914, Odessa, Ukraine. Died 21 December 1980, Kharkov, Russia.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive