Fedor Bogomolov

Fedor Alekseyevich Bogomolov (born 26 September 1946) (Фёдор Алексеевич Богомолов) is a Russian and American mathematician, known for his research in algebraic geometry and number theory. Bogomolov worked at the Steklov Institute in Moscow before he became a professor at the Courant Institute in New York. He is most famous for his pioneering work on hyperkähler manifolds.

Born in Moscow, Bogomolov graduated from Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, and earned his doctorate ("candidate degree") in 1973, at the Steklov Institute. His doctoral advisor was Sergei Novikov.

Bogomolov's Ph.D. thesis was entitled Compact Kähler varieties. In his early papers[1][2][3] Bogomolov studied the manifolds which were later called Calabi–Yau and hyperkähler. He proved a decomposition theorem, used for the classification of manifolds with trivial canonical class. It has been re-proven using the Calabi–Yau theorem and Berger's classification of Riemannian holonomies, and is foundational for modern string theory.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Bogomolov studied the deformation theory for manifolds with trivial canonical class.[4][5] He discovered what is now known as Bogomolov–Tian–Todorov theorem, proving the smoothness and un-obstructedness of the deformation space for hyperkaehler manifolds (in 1978 paper) and then extended this to all Calabi–Yau manifolds in the 1981 IHES preprint. Some years later, this theorem became the mathematical foundation for Mirror Symmetry.

Bogomolov has contributed to several aspects of arithmetic geometry. He posed the Bogomolov conjecture about small points. Twenty years ago[when?] he contributed a proof (among many proofs) of the geometric Szpiro's conjecture which appears to be the nearest to Shinichi Mochizuki's claimed proof of the arithmetic Szpiro conjecture.

Bogomolov obtained his Habilitation (Russian "Dr. of Sciences") in 1983. In 1994, he emigrated to the United States and became a full professor at the Courant Institute. He is very active in algebraic geometry and number theory. From 2009 till March 2014 he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Central European Journal of Mathematics. Since 2014 he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Mathematics.[10] Since 2010 he is the academic supervisor of the .[11] Bogomolov has extensively contributed to the revival of Russian mathematics. Three major international conferences commemorating his 70th birthday were held in 2016: at the Courant Institute, the University of Nottingham, and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.