Bol'shev Login Nikolaevich
(March, 6, 1922-August, 29, 1978).
Login N. Bol'shev was a distinguished Russian mathematician,
who worked in the area of mathematical statistics and theory of
probability. His teacher was A.N. Kolmogorov and his co-author was
N.V. Smirnov (both names are famous: recall e.g., the
Kolmogorov-Smirnov goodness-of-fit test); widely appreciated was his
masterly manner to apply mathematical statistics to the practical
problems in medicine, biology and engineering, rare in the USSR in
It became known after his death that Login N. Bol'shev was a direct
descendant in 5th generation of Maj. General, Baron Carl Gustav
Clodt von Jürgensburg (1765-1822), who
fought the Borodino battle and distinguished himself in 1813-1814,
during the liberating wars in Europe. He was a close relative of the
famous artist Peter Jacob Clodt von Jürgensburg
(1805-1867), the author of magnificent equestrian statues in
Selected works by Login N. Bol'shev were published after his death,
in 1987. Quote the foreword of this edition:
"After being trained in the military school, L.N. Bol'shev
was in the active service as a fighter pilot until the end of World
War II. In 1946 he went up to the Moscow State University, to the
Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, and graduated in 1951,
being a pupil of A.N. Kolmogorov. The latter headed at that time the
Department of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics of
the Steklov Mathematical Institute. He invited L.N. Bol'shev to
became a researcher in that Department. All his life since than, L.N.
Bol'shev combined his research in Steklov and teaching in
the Moscow State University.
In 1955 L.N. Bol'shev got his Ph.D. with thesis "On testing certain
complicated statistical hypotheses", and in 1966 he got
D.Sc. with thesis "Transforms of the random variables".
Having high reputation of a leading expert in Theory of Probability
and Mathematical Statistics, he chaired the Department of
Mathematical Statistics of the Steklov institute since 1966. In 1974
he was elected Corresponding member of the Academy of Science of
The works by L.N. Bol'shev were a remarkable alloy of mathematical
professionalism and practically-oriented statistical analysis. In
his works the mathematical formalism came after a deep understanding
of the needs of the practice; that understanding was essential in
creating a convenient form of solutions, fine-tuned to the
calculations. Proposing a statistical technique and wishing to
demonstrate e.g., precision of approximations, or the course of
numerical evaluations, L.N. Bol'shev supplied a lot of numerical
examples in his works".
List of publications of L.N. Bol'shev [
1. English-Russian dictionary of mathematics, where
L.N. Bol'shev was an Editor and active collaborator.
2. Russian translation of the book by B.L. van der
Waerden "Mathematische Statistik" done by L.N. Bol'shev.
3. The monograph "Tables of Mathematical Statistics"
(co-author N.V. Smirnov).
4. Contents of the monograph "Tables of Mathematical
5. Memoir of V.K. Malinovskii "Login Nikolaevich
Bol'shev" in the collective works of the descendants of
veterans of 1812 War. [