Nikolai Vasilevich Smirnov

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Smirnov, Nikolai Vasil’evich


Born Oct. 4(17), 1900, in Moscow; died there June 2, 1966. Soviet mathematician. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1960).

Smirnov graduated from Moscow University in 1926. He became a research worker at the V. A. Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1938 and was made head of the institute’s department of mathematical statistics in 1957. Smirnov’s principal works in mathematical statistics and probability theory are devoted to the investigation of limit distributions by means of the asymptotic behavior of multiple integrals as the multiplicity is increased without limit. He was one of the creators of the nonparametric methods in mathematical statistics and of the theory of limit distributions of order statistics. Smirnov received the State Prize of the USSR in 1951. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and several medals.


Teoriia veroiatnostei i matematicheskaia slatislika: Izbr. trudy. Moscow, 1970.
Tablilsy matematicheskoi statistiki. Moscow, 1965. (With L. N. Bol’shev.)

L. N. BOL’SHEV [23–1824–]

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