Russian mathematician, who was a leading member of the Moscow school of topology.
Born in Bodorodska, Aleksandrov graduated from Moscow University in 1917. He joined the faculty in 1921 and in 1929 was appointed to the chair of mathematics. He planned, in collaboration with the Swiss mathematician H. Hopf, to produce a definitive multi-volume topological treatise. Only the first volume, Topologie I (1935), was published. It was nonetheless extremely influential and did much to encourage the development of the Moscow school of topology. Aleksandrov's own work, initially in set-theoretic topology, later moved into the field of algebraic topology.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).