Yuri Linnik

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Yuri V. Linnik

Yuri Vladimirovich Linnik (Russian: Ю́рий Влади́мирович Ли́нник; January 8, 1915 – June 30, 1972) was a Soviet mathematician active in number theory, probability theory and mathematical statistics.

Linnik was born in Bila Tserkva, in present-day Ukraine. He went to St Petersburg University where his supervisor was Vladimir Tartakovski, and later worked at that university and the Steklov Institute. He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as was his father, Vladimir Pavlovich Linnik. He was awarded both State and Lenin Prizes. He died in Leningrad.[1]

Work in number theory

Work in probability theory and statistics

Infinitely divisible distributions

Linnik obtained numerous results concerning infinitely divisible distributions.[4] In particular, he proved the following generalisation of Cramér's theorem: any divisor of a convolution of Gaussian and Poisson random variables is also a convolution of Gaussian and Poisson.

He has also coauthored the book Linnik & Ostrovskii (1977) on the arithmetics of infinitely divisible distributions.

Central limit theorem


Selected publications

  • Linnik, Yu.V. (1971), Independent and stationary sequences of random variables, Series of Monographs and Textbooks on Pure and Applied Mathematics, Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff Publishing<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Linnik, Yu.V. (1961), Method of least squares and principles of the theory of observations, New York-Oxford-London-Paris: Pergamon Press, MR 0124121<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Linnik, Yu.V.; Ostrovskii, I.V. (1977), Decomposition of random variables and vectors, Translations of Mathematical Monographs, 48, Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Linnik, Yu.V. (1968), Ergodic properties of algebraic fields, Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete, 45, New York: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. Faddeyev, D. K.; Lozinsky, S. M.; Malyshev, A. V. (1975), "Yuri V. Linnik (1915–1972): a biographical note", Acta Arith., 27: 1–2, MR 0421941.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Bredikhin, B.M. (2001), "Density method", in Hazewinkel, Michiel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Springer, ISBN 978-1-55608-010-4<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Michel, Ph.; Venkatesh, A. (2006), "Equidistribution, L-functions and ergodic theory: on some problems of Yu. V. Linnik", Proceedings of ICM 2006, 2, Zurich: Eur. Math. Soc., pp. 421–457<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Ibragimov, I. A. (1992), "Yu. V. Linnik. Some of his work from the 1950s", St. Petersburg Math. J., 3 (3): 687–696, MR 1150561.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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