Georgy Voronoy

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Georgy Voronoy : biography

28 April 1868 – 20 November 1908

Georgy Feodosevich Voronoy ( 28 April 1868 – 20 November 1908) was a Ukrainian and Russian mathematician. Among other things, he defined the Voronoi diagram.

Voronoy was born in the village of Zhuravky, district of Pyriatin, in Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire (now Varvynsky Raion, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine).

From 1889, Voronoy studied at Saint Petersburg University, where he was a student of Andrey Markov. In 1894 he defended his master’s thesis On algebraic integers depending on the roots of an equation of third degree. In the same year, Voronoy became professor at the University of Warsaw, where he worked on continued fractions. In 1897, he defended his doctoral thesis On a generalisation of a continuous fraction.

Following a severe illness, Voronoy died in his home village on November 20, 1908.

hryvnia coin commemorating the centenary of Voronoy]] Among his students were Boris Delaunay (Ph.D. at Kiev University), and Wacław Sierpiński (Ph.D. at Jagiellonian University in 1906).

In 2008 Ukraine released two-hryvnia coins commemorating the centenary of Voronoy’s death.

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