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Mikhail Egorovich Vashchenko-Zakharchenko

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12 Nov 1825

Maliivka, Zolotonosha, Poltava, Ukraine

27 Aug 1912

Kiev, Ukraine

Vashchenko-Zakharchenko attended Kiev University, then went to France where he studied at the Sorbonne and then he spent academic year 1847-48 studying at the Collège de France.

After returning from France, Vashchenko-Zakharchenko continued his studies at Kazan University where he obtained a further degree in 1854. After this he taught at Kiev Cadet School from 1855 to 1862, receiving his Master's Degree in 1862 for a dissertation on the operational method and its application to solving linear differential equations .

After receiving his Master's Degree, Vashchenko-Zakharchenko was appointed to the University of Kiev in 1863. He remained there for the rest of his life, retiring from teaching in 1902.

Vashchenko-Zakharchenko made contributions to several areas of mathematics. In particular he worked on the theory of linear differential equations, the theory of probability (see ) and non-euclidean geometry . He exerted great influence on a number of other mathematicians who joined him at Kiev, and his interests were taken up by others there, particularly Bukreev .

With wide ranging interests, it was natural for Vashchenko-Zakharchenko to write on a variety of topics and his twelve textbooks indeed cover many different topics.

He wrote an important work on the history of mathematics in 1883 in which he discussed the history of mathematics up to the 15th century. He wrote on other historical topics too, for example he wrote a history of the development of analytic geometry.

Source:School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews, Scotland