
... in
mathematical encyclopaedias of different countries his name is put next to Archimedes,
Euclid, Newton, Euler, Lobachevsky... He was lucky with his teachers: they were the
corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of Russia Nikolay Vladimirovich Yefimov
from Moscow and Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov form Petersburg. It were they who many
years ago instilled in the young scientist an obsession with science, faithfulness to
maths, that became the main object of his whole life.
Pogorelov's main works are dedicated to the so called
"general" geometry. He has been awarded almost all titles and prizes that a
scientist can possibly get. In 1962 A.V. was awarded the Lenin prize for a series of works
on geometry. Among those were works on the theory of shells, the main purpose of which was
the research of a material object with one dimension much smaller than the other two, and
the states that it can possibly take.
Aleksey Vasilyevich's unique mathematical gift is remarkably
combined with an original engineering thinking, as academician V. A. Marchenko says. Today
any school child is aware from his physics school curriculum about superconductivity. If
it could be used in electrical appliances today, we would have had a greatest advantage.
Anyway, in the mid 80's, academician Boris Verkin put forward an idea of creating a
superconducting generator. Aleksey Vasilyevich could not help staying away from this
fascinating occupation. Thanks to his engineering feel and talent he put forward an
unordinary design of such generator, made all necessary calculations and virtually built
this unique machine. It was successfully tested at "Electrosila" plant in
Leningrad, and it should not be lain to the charge of the scientists that
"perestroyka" did not allow to finish it completely.
The title page of the school text book on geometry that has been used by
generations of school children in the U.S.S.R. as well as in many former Soviet Union
countries carries the name of A. V. Pogorelov. Aleksey Vasilyevich possesses another
wonderful gift  the ability to explain incredibly complex subjects in a simple and easy
way.




After A. Sergienko's "The Warmth Of 'Living'
Formulas", "Sloboda" 12.03.99 






