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Pyotr Novikov

P. S. Novikov.

Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov (Russian: Пётр Серге́евич Но́виков; 28 August 1901, Moscow – 9 January 1975, Moscow) was a Soviet mathematician.

Novikov is known for his work on combinatorial problems in group theory: the word problem for groups, and his progress in the Burnside problem. He was awarded the Lenin Prize in 1957 for proving the undecidability of the word problem in groups.[1]

In 1953, he became a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union. In 1960, he was elected a full member.

He was married to mathematician Lyudmila Keldysh (1904–1976) and raised mathematician Sergei Novikov (born 1938) as his son. Sergei Adian and Albert Muchnik were among his students.

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  1. ^ S. I. Adian, Mathematical logic, the theory of algorithms and the theory of sets, AMS Bookstore, 1977, ISBN 0-8218-3033-3, p. 26. (being Novikov's Festschrift on the occasion of his seventieth birthday)

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