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# A Biography of Leonid V. Kantorovich and His Contribution to Mathematical Economics

Leonid V Kantorovich was born in the city of Leningrad in January of 1912 to a meager family His father Vitalij Kantorovich died when Leonid was only 10 years old leaving his mother Polina to raise a child herself Leonid grew up during violent times in Russia During the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 Leonid and his mother flew to Byelorussia to escape the bloodshed before returning to their home more than a year later Kantorovich Leonid was a naturally inquisitive child with a broad range of interests including politics and modern history Upon entering the Mathematical Department of the Leningrad University at the mere age of 14 Leonid soon realized that his main interests lay in the fields of science and mathematics Leonid immediately excelled at mathematics and within his second year at the University he was already working on complex and abstract mathematics By the age of eighteen Leonid had already distinguished himself as an authority in mathematics When Leonid graduated from the university he remained there to teach and continue his research in theoretical mathematics By this period in his life Leonid had begun to shift his concentration towards applied mathematics problems His work in theoretical mathematics was quite renowned among his colleagues and he had received numerous accolades for his work in that field As it would turn out Leonids greatest contributions would not be in theoretical mathematics at all but rather applied mathematical economics Such accomplishments would not have been possible however were it not for his early work in mathematical theory Kantorovich Kantorovich describes some of his first important research by saying I think my most significant research in those days was that connected with analytical operations on sets and on projective sets 1929-30 where I solved some N N Lusin problems autobiography After graduating in 1930 with a doctorate in mathematics Kantorovich started researching in applied problems while teaching at the higher-level education institutions He wrote the papers A

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