Russian-Finnish seminar on History of Science 5.10.2016


10:15 Professor Sergey I. Repin (V.A. Steklov Institute of Mathematics at St. Petersburg): "A glimpse at the history of the Russian Academy of Sciences"

11:15 Professor Darya Apushkinskaya (Universität des Saarlandes): "The legacy of Olga Ladyzhenskaya (1922-2004), a great figure of the theory of Partial Differential Equations"

Lunch break

13:15 Doctor of Technology, Ph.D. Johan Stén (Espoo): "Anders Johan Lexell (1740-1784),a Finnish mathematician as a member of the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences in the times of Leonhard Euler".

14:15 D.Soc.Sci., Ph.D. Osmo Pekonen (Jyväskylä): "Some other Finnish scientists in Russian service before 1917"

General discussion: Conclusion and perspectives


Next year, Finland will celebrate the 100th anniversary of her independence while Russia will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the two revolutions of 1917. The histories of our two countries are closely intertwined in every aspect, and so also in the field of scientific collaboration which started already in the 18th century.

There were some Finns among the very first members of the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences which was founded by Peter the Great in 1724. Anders Johan Lexell (1740-1784) made career as an assistant of Leonhard Euler and was even elected as his successor - but died soon afterwards.


Finnish-Russian scientific collaboration flourished also in the 19th century when the Grand-Duchy of Finland was a part of the Russian Empire.

An important chapter of Russian-Finnish scientific collaboration - whose history is yet to be written - is also the on-going activity in the field of Computational Sciences where the University of Jyväskylä has played a significant role in partnership with several institutions in Russia, especially in Saint Petersburg.

Towering figures of Russian science, such as Olga Ladyzhenskaya (1922-2004), have had an impact also in Finland.

The present seminar explores the historical roots and some highlights of the Finnish-Russian scientific collaboration over the centuries. It might be the first in a series of similar events to come.


Matemaatikko Anders Johan Lexell (1740-1784) oli Venäjän tiedeakatemian ensimmäinen suomalaisjäsen.