Olga Ladyzhenskaya Biography

Olga Ladyzhenskaya

Quick Facts Of Olga Ladyzhenskaya

Celebrated Name Olga Ladyzhenskaya
Age 97 Years
Nick Name Olga
Birth Name Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya
Birth Date 1922-03-07
Gender Female
Profession Mathematician
Place Of Birth Kologriv
Birth Nation Russia
Nationality Russian
Father Aleksandr Ivanovich Ladyzhenskaya
Mother Anna Mikhailovna
University Moscow University
Awards Lomonosov Gold Medal
Death Date 12 January 2004
Place Of Death Saint Petersburg, Russia
Famous For Renowned Russian mathematician

Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, popularly known as Olga Aleksandrovna was a Russian mathematician. She is best known for her work on partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, and the finite difference method for the Navier-Stokes equations. She is the recipient of Lomonosov Gold medal, awarded in 2002. She is also the author of over two hundred scientific works, among which are six monographs. 

Google Commemorated 97th Birth Anniversary Of Russian Mathematician, Ladyzhenskaya

In the memory of great Russian mathematician, Olga Ladyzhenskaya, the search engine Google released a Google Doodle commemorating her on her 97th birth anniversary on 7 March 2019. She was a Russian mathematician known for her work on partial differential equations, fluid dynamics and the finite difference method for the Navier-Stokes equations. The accompanying comment read, "Today's Doodle celebrates Olga Ladyzhenskaya, a Russian mathematician who triumphed over personal tragedy and obstacles to become one of the most influential thinkers of her generation."

Famous For

  • Renowned Russian mathematician.
  • Fluid dynamics of the Navier-Stokes equations, Hilbert's nineteenth problem, partial differential equations. 

Early Life of Olga Ladyzhenskaya

Olga Ladyzhenskaya was born on 7 March 1922. His birth name was Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya. She was born to a father, Aleksandr Ivanovich Ladyzhenski, and a mother, Anna Mikhailovna. Her birth place was in Kologriv, RSFSR. She held Russian nationality. Her interest in mathematics grew as she was the daughter of a mathematics teacher. His father was arrested and executed as an enemy of the people.

She completed her high school in 1939. She was not admitted to Leningrad University due to her father's status. She attended Moscow Univerisity, where she graduated in 1947. She presented her doctoral thesis in 1953.

She became a teacher at the university in Leningrad and at the Steklov Institute. 

Mathematical accomplishments

Ladyzhenskaya was known for her work on partial differential equations.

She is especially known for Hilbert's nineteenth problem on partial differential equations.

She is also known for her work on fluid dynamics.

She provided the first rigorous proofs of the convergence of a finite difference method for the Navier-Stokes equations. 

She was a student of Ivan Petrovsky.

Awards of Olga Ladyzhenskaya

1966 P. L. Chebyshev Prize (with Nina Nikolayevna Ural'tseva )  for the work “Linear and quasilinear equations of elliptic type”. 

 1969 USSR State Prize 

1992 Kovalevskaya Prize – for the series of works "Attractors for Semigroups and Evolution Equations"

 1994 ICM Emmy Noether Lecture 

1998 John von Neumann Lecture 

1999 Order of Friendship 

2002 Lomonosov Gold Medal – for outstanding achievements in the field of the theory of partial differential equations and mathematical physics

The prize of the Government of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Scientific Center RAS named after A. Ioffe

Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1990), Academician of the RAS (1991)

The search engine Google released a Google Doodle on 7 March 2019 commemorating Ladyzhenskaya on her 97th birth anniversary.

Did You Know?

  • The artist Gennady Ladyzhensky was her grandfather's brother.

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