Andrei Zelevinsky

Andrei Vladlenovich Zelevinsky (Андрей Владленович Зелевинский; 30 January 1953 – 10 April 2013)[1] was a Russian-American mathematician who made important contributions to algebra, combinatorics, and representation theory, among other areas.

Andrei Zelevinsky
Born(1953-01-30)January 30, 1953
Moscow, Soviet Union
DiedApril 10, 2013(2013-04-10) (aged 60)
Boston, United States
NationalitySoviet Union
United States
Alma materMoscow State University
Known forBernstein–Zelevinsky classification
Cluster algebras
AwardsHumboldt Prize (2004)
Leroy P. Steele Prize (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsNortheastern University
Doctoral advisorsIsrael Gelfand
Alexandre Kirillov


Zelevinsky graduated in 1969 from the Moscow Mathematical School No. 2.[2] After winning a silver medal as a member of the USSR team at the International Mathematical Olympiad[3] he was admitted without examination to the mathematics department of Moscow State University where he obtained his PhD in 1978 under the mentorship of Joseph Bernstein, Alexandre Kirillov and Israel Gelfand.[4]

He worked[5] in the mathematical laboratory of Vladimir Keilis-Borok at the Institute of Earth Science (1977–85), and at the Council for Cybernetics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1985–90). In the early 1980s, at a great personal risk, he taught at the Jewish Peoples' University,[6] an unofficial organization offering first-class mathematics education to talented students denied admission to Moscow State University's math department.

In 1990-91, Zelevinsky was a visiting professor at Cornell University, and from 1991 until his death was on faculty at Northeastern University, Boston. With his wife, Galina, he had a son and a daughter; he also had several grandchildren.[7]


Zelevinsky's most notable achievement is the discovery (with Sergey Fomin) of cluster algebras. His other contributions include:

Awards and recognition


  1. News on website for the commutative algebra community
  2. Medal-winning graduates of the Moscow Mathematical School No. 2
  3. IMO Results
  4. A. Zelevinsky at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  5. A. Zelevinsky's cv Archived April 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. You failed your math test, comrade Einstein
  7. Northeastern University, Math. Dep page Archived May 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  8. Israel M. Gelfand, Mikhail M. Kapranov, Andrei V. Zelevinsky, Hypergeometric functions and toric varieties, (Russian) Funktsional. Anal. i Prilozhen. 23 (1989), no. 2, 12–26; translation in Funct. Anal. Appl. 23 (1989), no. 2, 94–10
  9. Gelfand, Israel M.; Mikhail M. Kapranov; Andrei V. Zelevinsky (1994). Discriminants, resultants, and multidimensional determinants. Boston: Birkhäuser. ISBN 0-8176-3660-9.
  10. Section "Combinatorics" at ICM'98
  11. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
  12. Northeastern University, Academic Honors Convocation
  13. 2018 Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in Discrete Mathematics/Logic to Sergey Fomin and Andrei Zelevinsky
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