Nikolai Dmitrievich Brashman (Russian: Николай Дмитриевич Брашман; German: Nikolaus Braschmann; June 14, 1796 – May 13, 1866) was a Russian mathematician of Austrian origin. He was a student of Joseph Johann Littrow, and the advisor of Pafnuty Chebyshev and August Davidov.

He was born in Neu-Raußnitz (today Rousínov in Czech Republic, then in Austrian Empire) and studied at the University of Vienna and Vienna Polytechnic Institute. In 1824 he moved to St Petersburg and then accepted a position at the Kazan University. In 1834 he became a professor of applied mathematics at the Moscow University. There he is best remembered as a founder of the Moscow Mathematical Society and its journal.

For his mechanics textbook, in 1836 Brashman was awarded the Demidov Prize by the Russian Academy of Sciences. The academy elected him a corresponding member in 1855. He died in Moscow in 1866.

External links

O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Nikolai Brashman", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.

Nikolai Brashman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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