10 Facts About Abram Besicovitch


Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch was a Russian mathematician, who worked mainly in England.


Abram Besicovitch was born in Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov to a Karaite Jewish family.


Abram Besicovitch studied under the supervision of Andrey Markov at the St Petersburg University, graduating with a PhD in 1912.


Abram Besicovitch converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, joining the Russian Orthodox Church, on marrying in 1916.


Abram Besicovitch was appointed professor at the University of Perm in 1917, and was caught up in the Russian Civil War over the next two years.


Abram Besicovitch was appointed Lecturer in the Faculty of Mathematics, and therefore received recognition as a Cambridge MA by 'Special Grace' on 24 November 1928.


Abram Besicovitch was a major influence on the economist Piero Sraffa, after 1940, when they were both Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge, and on Dennis Lindley, one of the founders of the Bayesian movement in the United Kingdom.

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Abram Besicovitch was in 1934 made FRS and in 1952 won the Sylvester Medal from the Royal Society.


Abram Besicovitch received in 1950 the De Morgan Medal of the London Mathematical Society.


Abram Besicovitch was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the fall of 1954.