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Born in the Kiev district in Russia, I finished high school in the Ukraine, then enrolled in Perm University but had to transfer to Moscow State University, eventually graduating with distinction.

I earned both a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Mathematics (Moscow State University), writing a a dissertation on boundary-value problems for partial differential equations.

Seemingly unable to leave, I taught mathematics at Moscow State University for my entire professional career, even serving as Chair of its Department of Differential Equations.

I published over 370 research papers and 8 books, usually in the areas of algebraic geometry, partial differential equations, and mathematical physics.

Also, I mentored more than 50 doctoral students, and lectured extensively throughout the world.

I had a very strong personality, but was quite generous with my colleagues...plus when you became my friend, it was "limitless."

Answer: Olga Arsenievna Oleinik (1925 - 2001)