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March 10, 2020

Unveiling of Memorial Plaque to Outstanding Mathematician Serhii Bernshtein


A memorial plaque to one of the most outstanding mathematicians of the 20th century, academician Serhii Bernshtein was unveiled on March 5, 2020.

Serhii Bernshtein worked at Kharkiv University for 25 years — from 1908 to 1933.

He worked in almost every area of mathematics, in particular the theory of integration of differential equations, the theory of functions, the theory of probability.

The plaque was unveiled at the house where the mathematician lived from1917 to 1933.

The event was attended by Vice-President Anatolii Babichev; Dean of the School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Hryhorii Zholtkevych; Vice-President of the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” Yurii Zaitsev; Chief Research Scientist of the Department of Differential Equations and Geometry of B. I. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Oleksandr Borysenko; Head of the Department of Differential Equations and Geometry of B. I. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Head of Kharkiv Mathematical Society, Yevhen Khruslov, and others.

Anatolii Babichev welcomed those present, noting that the event was significant not only for Kharkiv, but for the whole Ukraine, and the world. He said that the University’s task is to make the names of Kharkiv scientists, including Serhii Bernshtein, known to everyone, even those who are not related to science, mathematics. “I am sure that those who will walk along this cozy street will see the plaque and remember the name of this outstanding mathematician,” Vice-President added.

Yevhen Khruslov noted that Serhii Bernshtein’s Kharkiv period was one of the most fruitful. Here, he was solving the problems he became known for — Hilbert’s problems 19 and 20.

Those present shared some important events of his biography, their acquaintance with the scientist’s work, and laid flowers to the memorial plaque.

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