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Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya (Russian: Óльга Алекса́ндровна Лады́женская, IPA: [ˈolʲɡə ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvnə ɫɐˈdɨʐɨnskəɪ̯ə] ( listen)) (7 March 1922 – 12 January 2004) was a Soviet and Russian mathematician. She was known for her work on partial differential equations (especially Hilbert's 19th problem) and 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. She was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 2002.
Ladyzhenskaya was born and grew up in Kologriv. She was the daughter of a mathematics teacher who is credited with her early inspiration and love of mathematics. In October 1937 her father was arrested by the NKVD and soon killed. Young Olga was able to finish high school but, because her father was an "enemy of the people", she was forbidden to enter the Leningrad University.
After Joseph Stalin died in 1953, Ladyzhenskaya presented her doctoral thesis and was given the degree she had long before earned. She went on to teach at the university in Leningrad and at the Steklov Institute, staying in Russia even after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rapid salary deflation for professors.
Ladyzhenskaya was on the shortlist for potential recipients for the 1958 Fields Medal, ultimately awarded to Klaus Roth and René Thom.
- Ladyzhenskaya, O. A. (1969) , The Mathematical Theory of Viscous Incompressible Flow, Mathematics and Its Applications, 2 (Revised Second ed.), New York–London–Paris–Montreux–Tokyo–Melbourne: Gordon and Breach, pp. XVIII+224, MR 0254401, Zbl 0184.52603.
- Ladyženskaja, O. A.; Solonnikov, V. A.; Ural'ceva, N. N. (1968), Linear and quasi-linear equations of parabolic type, Translations of Mathematical Monographs, 23, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, pp. XI+648, MR 0241821, Zbl 0174.15403.
- Ladyzhenskaya, Olga A.; Uralt'seva, Nina N. (1968), Linear and Quasilinear Elliptic Equations, Mathematics in Science and Engineering, 46, New York and London: Academic Press, pp. XVIII+495, MR 0244627, Zbl 0164.13002.
- Ladyzhenskaya, O. A. (1985), The Boundary Value Problems of Mathematical Physics, Applied Mathematical Sciences, 49, Berlin–Heidelberg–New York: Springer Verlag, pp. XXX+322, ISBN 0-521-39922-X, MR 0793735, Zbl 0588.35003 (translated by Jack Lohwater).
- Ladyzhenskaya, O. A. (1991), Attractors for Semigroups and Evolution Equations, Lezioni Lincee, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. xi+73, MR 1133627, Zbl 0755.47049.
Biographical and general references
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- Friedlander, Susan; Keyfitz, Barbara (2006), "Olga Ladyzhenskaya and Olga Oleinik: Two Great Women Mathematicians of the 20th Century" (PDF), in Kuperberg, Krystyna, Women in Mathematics: The Legacy of Ladyzhenskaya and Oleinik - May 18–20, 2006, Berkeley, CA: AWM and MSRI, retrieved 1 July 2009. Some recollections of the authors about Olga Ladyzhenskaya and Olga Oleinik.
- Friedlander, Susan; Lax, Peter; Synge Morawetz, Cathleen; Nirenberg, Louis; Seregin, Gregory; Ural’tseva, Nina; Vishik, Mark (December 2004), "Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya (1922–2004)" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 51 (11): 1320–1331, MR 2105237, Zbl 1159.01335.
- Gunzburger, Max; Seregin, Gregory; Ochkur, Vitaly; Shilkin, Timofey (April 24, 2004), "Obituaries: Olga Ladyzhenskaya" (PDF), SIAM News, 37, Number 3 (3): 3
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- Struwe, Michael (2003), "Olga Ladyzhenskaya—a life-long devotion to mathematics", in Hildebrandt, Stefan; Karcher, Hermann, Geometric analysis and nonlinear partial differential equations, Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 1–10, ISBN 3-540-44051-8, MR 2008328, Zbl 1290.35002.
- Synge Morawetz, Cathleen (2006), "Early Memories of Olga Ladyzhenskaya and Olga Oleinik" (PDF), in Kuperberg, Krystyna, Women in Mathematics: The Legacy of Ladyzhenskaya and Oleinik - May 18–20, 2006, Berkeley, CA: AWM and MSRI, retrieved 1 July 2009. Some recollections of the author about Olga Ladyzhenskaya and Olga Oleinik.
- Titova, Irina (January 26, 2004), "Russian mathematician Olga Ladyzhenskaya dies at 81", USA Today, retrieved 9 January 2012
- Zajączkowski, Wojciech (September 2005), "Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya (1922–2004)", Topological Methods in Nonlinear Analysis, 26 (1 2005): 5–7, MR 2179347, Zbl 1082.01516
- Beirao da Veiga, H.; Seregin, G.; Solonnikov, V.; Uraltseva, N.; Valli, A., eds. (2004), Partial Differential Equations in Mathematical Physics (October 24–30, 2004), Trento: CIRM, retrieved 1 February 2012. The schedule of a workshop in honour of Olga A. Ladyzhenskaya.
- Kuperberg, Krystyna, ed. (2006), Women in Mathematics: The Legacy of Ladyzhenskaya and Oleinik - May 18–20, 2006, Berkeley, CA: AWM and MSRI, retrieved 1 July 2009. The proceedings of a workshop in honour of Olga Ladyzhenskaya and Olga Oleinik.
- Olga Ladyzhenskaya at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F. (August 2005), "Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews..
- Olga Ladyzhenskaya at PlanetMath.org.
- Saint Petersburg Mathematical Society (2006), Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, retrieved 5 June 2011. Memorial page at the Saint Petersburg Mathematical Pantheon.
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