Aleksei Pogorelov
Aleksei Vasil'evich Pogorelov , was a Soviet
Soviet Union
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 and Ukrainian
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A mathematician is a person whose primary area of study is the field of mathematics. Mathematicians are concerned with quantity, structure, space, and change....

. He was most famous for his contributions to convex
Convex set
In Euclidean space, an object is convex if for every pair of points within the object, every point on the straight line segment that joins them is also within the object...

 and differential geometry. He was also the
author of a number of influential research monographs as well as popular high school and college textbooks.

Pogorelov was born in Korocha
Korocha is a town and the administrative center of Korochansky District of Belgorod Oblast, Russia, located on the right bank of the Korocha River , northeast of Belgorod. Population: Korocha was founded in 1638...

, Kursk Governorate, Imperial Russia (now Belgorod Oblast
Belgorod Oblast
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, Russia
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) and died in Moscow
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. For much of his life he worked in Kharkiv
Kharkiv or Kharkov is the second-largest city in Ukraine.The city was founded in 1654 and was a major centre of Ukrainian culture in the Russian Empire. Kharkiv became the first city in Ukraine where the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed in December 1917 and Soviet government was...

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia...

) (from 1937 until 2000), first at the Kharkiv State University and then at the Kharkov Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering. He wrote his dissertation under the supervision of A.D. Alexandrov
Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov
Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov , and Alexandrov ) , was a Soviet/Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and mountaineer.- Scientific career :...

 and Nikolai Efimov
Nikolai Efimov
Nikolai Vladimirovich Efimov was a Soviet mathematician. He is most famous for his work on generalized Hilbert's problem on surfaces of negative curvature....

. His books on intrinsic geometry of convex bodies, Hilbert's fourth problem
Hilbert's fourth problem
In mathematics, Hilbert's fourth problem in the 1900 Hilbert problems was a foundational question in geometry. In one statement derived from the original, it was to find geometries whose axioms are closest to those of Euclidean geometry if the ordering and incidence axioms are retained, the...

, multidimensional Minkowski problem
Minkowski problem
In differential geometry, the Minkowski problem, named after Hermann Minkowski, asks, for a given strictly positive real function ƒ defined on sphere, for a strictly convex compact surface S whose Gaussian curvature at the point x equals ƒ , where n denotes the normal to S at x...

, and Monge–Ampère equation were translated to other languages and became standard in the field.

Pogorelov was a member of the Soviet and Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, recipient of Stalin Prize (1950), Lobachevsky International Prize
Lobachevsky Medal
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 (1959), Lenin Prize
Lenin Prize
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 (1962), and other honours.

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