Remembering Victor Petrovich Havin

  • Konstantin M. Dyakonov
Part of the Operator Theory: Advances and Applications book series (OT, volume 261)


Victor Petrovich Havin will probably be remembered for many things. Of course, he was an eminent mathematician – quite a towering figure in his field – and the founding father of a renowned analysis school. He was also a wonderful lecturer (certainly the best I’ve ever listened to), a truly charismatic teacher, and a man of great personal charm. This last quality is, in fact, crucial in understanding why he was able to attract and influence so many; yet it seems to be the least describable part, too. Indeed, that mysterious (though unmistakably recognizable) substance known as personal charm – or glamour, or charisma, whatever – defies description. Why do some people have it, while others have none? God knows, but he won’t tell.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament de Matemàtiques i InformàticaUniversitat de Barcelona, IMUB and BGSMathBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain

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