Efim Zelmanov

Mathematician, Academic

1955 –


Who is Efim Zelmanov?

Efim Isaakovich Zelmanov is a Russian mathematician, known for his work on combinatorial problems in nonassociative algebra and group theory, including his solution of the restricted Burnside problem. He was awarded a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zürich in 1994.

Zelmanov was born into a Jewish family in Khabarovsk, Soviet Union. He obtained doctoral degree at Novosibirsk State University in 1980, and a higher degree at Leningrad State University in 1985. He had a position in Novosibirsk until 1987, when he left the Soviet Union.

In 1990 he moved to the United States, becoming a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was at the University of Chicago in 1994/5, then at Yale University. As of 2011, he is a professor at the University of California, San Diego and a Distinguished Professor at the [[Korea Institute for Advanced Study]].

Zelmanov's early work was on Jordan algebras in the case of infinite dimensions. He was able to show that Glennie's identity in a certain sense generates all identities that hold. He then showed that the Engel identity for Lie algebras implies nilpotence, in the case of infinite dimensions.

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Sep 7, 1955
  • Jewish people
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia
  • Novosibirsk State University
  • University of California, San Diego

on July 23, 2013


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