In mid-May 2021, it will be 200 years from the birth of the spectacular Russian mathematician Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev. To mark the occasion, Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS organizes an international conference “Probability theory and its applications: P. L. Chebyshev — 200”.

The conference will be held online. More than 200 mathematicians from all over the globe are expected to participate in it. Among more than two dozen invited speakers, there is a great number of outstanding mathematicians internationally renowned. For example, Jean-François Le Gal, a French mathematician. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and professor at the University of Paris-South XI, who received the 2019 Wolf Prize for contribution to the theory of random processes. Another participant of the conference is his compatriot Jean Jacod from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, the winner of the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize and a prominent scientist in the probability theory area.

It will be possible to hear the reports of such scientists as Peng Shige, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and professor at Shandong University who developed the theory of inverse stochastic differential equations; Louis Chen Xiao Yun from the University of Singapore, who became famous for his work on the Stein-Chen Poisson approximation; Bernt Øksendal, Norwegian mathematician at the University of Oslo, awarded the 1996 Nansen Prize for his contribution to stochastic analysis.

Another attendee of the conference is Walter Schaсhermayer from the University of Vienna, who became distinguished in academia for his research in the fields of financial mathematics and the development of the theory of asset pricing; and Friedrich Götze from the University of Bielefeld awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2014 for his contribution to the creation of the European Institute for Statistics, Probabilities, Stochastic Operations Research and Their Applications.

Moreover, Ioannis Karatzas from Columbia University, an expert in probability theory, stochastic analysis and mathematical economics and finance, and David Nualart from the University of Kansas, a scientist specializing in probability theory, in particular — aspects of stochastic operations and stochastic analysis, will be presenting at the conference.

The event will also feature the reports of first-rate Russian mathematicians, for instance, Albert Shiryaev, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Chief Researcher of the Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS, Honored Professor of Moscow State University and Head of the Department of Probability Theory, the main organizer of the conference and co-chairman of the organizing committee, who will speak both about their research achievements and the scientific legacy of P.L. Chebyshev. He received the 2017 P.L. Chebyshev Gold Medal for outstanding results in the field of mathematics. He will open the conference together with Valery Kozlov, academician, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who is well-known for the works on mechanics. After them, Sergey Demidov, Head of the Cabinet of the History of Mathematics and Mechanics of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Moscow State University and Head of the Department of History of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the Institute for the History of Natural Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as Nikolai Andreev, head of the laboratory for the popularization and promotion of mathematics at the Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS, will speak about the biography and life of Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev. Nicholas Bingham from Imperial College London will make another historical report: his speech will be devoted to the life, work, and legacy of P. L. Chebyshev.

Pafnuti Lvovich Chebyshev made a significant contribution to the development of Russian mathematics and mechanics. He founded the St. Petersburg Mathematical School. He was an academician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and 24 other academies of the world. Fundamental works (in particular, in the field of number theory, probability theory, and function theory) came from under his pen. He also developed a mathematical theory of the synthesis of mechanisms, designed several practically important ones.

In addition, in honor of the bicentennial of Pafnuty Lvovich's birthday, the Commission of the Federal Communications Agency on State Signs of Postal Payment by the request of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences decided to issue stamps. They will hold a portrait of Chebyshev himself, an image of his plantigrade machine, and the beginning of the Chebyshev theorem. All stages of the stamp creation were discussed at the art council of JSC “Marka” — the only enterprise in Russia that produces and distributes post stamps. The process was also managed by the Russian Academy of Sciences. It will be possible to purchase such stamps for your collection in the “Collector” salons under the auspices of Marka JSC and in the Russian Post offices from May 20, 2021.

An interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of St. Petersburg State University is named after Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev. Moreover, the carbonaceous asteroid 1969 TL 4, discovered in 1969, and the supercomputer SKIF MSU “Chebyshev” bear the name of the famous mathematician. There is also “Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev Grants Program” (Chebyshev grants, https://icm2022.org/ru/grants) named in his honor. It provides full support (including travel to St. Petersburg and local expenses in the city) to up to 1,000 participants of the International Congress of Mathematicians Living in Developing Countries that will be held in St. Petersburg on July 6-14, 2022.