Не делить с подонками хлеба,
Перед властью не падать ниц,
И не верить ни в чистое небо,
Ни в улыбки сиятельных лиц.
I was born and grew up in Khabarovsk (see the map), in the Far
East of Russia. Khabarovsk
is within 20 miles
from the Chinese border and about 1 hour flight from Japan,
which is something I did not really appreciate until 1989. In
1980 I moved to Novosibirsk
(see the map),
where I got my undergraduate degree at the Novosibirsk State
University in 1985 and my PhD at the Novosiborsk Institute of
Mathematics in 1988. As an undergraduate and graduate student
I had two advisors: Samuel Krushkal
. Here is my
mathematical genealogy tree
In 1988 I went back to Khabarovsk where for 3 years I was
working at the Institute for Applied Mathematics. Doing
mathematics there was a bit of a challenge as the nearest real
mathematical library was within 2 hours (in Tokyo: One hour by
plane plus one hour by train). However having there Boris Botvinnik
, Misha Borovoi
and Petya Makienko
I left Russia for good in Fall of 1991. I spent 1991-1992 at MSRI
and in University of Maryland (College Park) visiting Bill
From Summer of 1992 and until Summer of 2003 I was working at
the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as an associate
professor and (since 1997) a professor. In 2003 I moved to
UCDavis where I reunited with my wife (who was in Atlanta
before that); I am now a professor of mathematics here. In
2007, our department was ranked 4-th in the country in Faculty
Hopefully, this means that we are
producing something useful.
My research area could be roughly described as geometric geometry
distinguish it from, say, algebraic geometry), or Gromov-style geometry
I am on the editorial board of the Journals "Transformation
" and "Groups, Geometry and Dynamics"
In August of 2006 I gave an invited talk in the geometry
section of ICM-2006
I am currently supported by the NSF grant: DMS-16-04241.
I am (an) upbeat
at least according to the Pew Research Center classification.
Me on Mathoverflow
Anonymous on math.stackexchange
Description of some
of my work
Some of my family
, as told by my cousin Katia.
My wife, Jennifer
Schultens, is a professor of mathematics
at UCDavis. Click here
to find out how one day she found herself on the front-page
of the New York Times.