[Sergey Rukshin]

Sergey Evgenievich Rukshin, St Petersburg, Russia

Sergey Evgenievich Rukshin is a winner of the WFNMC Erdos Prize in 2022.

In 2017, Professor Sergey Evgenievich Rukshin became a Laureate of the highest teacher's award of Russia: People's Teacher of the Russian Federation.

He is a Professor of the Department of Mathematical Analysis of the Russian State Pedagogical University named after A. I. Herzen.

Mr. Rukshin is the Scientific Director of the Physics and Mathematics Lyceum No. 239 of Saint Petersburg, one of the only few great mathematics magnet schools of Russia that regularly wins in Russian National Mathematical Olympiad and sends its students to the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) on the Team of Russia.

At 16, in 1975 he joined the Leningrad Mathematics Center, which he leads still today.

In 1981, Mr. Rukshin created the Summer Camp of the Mathematics Center, and in 1992 the Open Olympiad.

He is a Member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Education and Science on the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Rukshin raised generations of first class mathematicians, dozens of IMO medalists, including such world's top celebrities and Fields Medal Laureates as Grigory Perelman and Stanislav Smirnov. Smirnov was awarded the Order of Honor of Russia.

Kazakhstan had not been among the strongest teams in the IMOs. However, when they hired Rukshin to train and lead their team for the 2001 IMO in Washington, DC, the Kazakhstan Team came in 6th in the field of ca. 90 national teams, with 4 Gold Medals and a Silver very close to Gold.

It is very important to notice that Mr. Rukshin's goal has always been to raise students, capable of deep thoughts and solving difficult problems. He considers Olympiad victories as a byproduct of learning mathematics.

In all, Sergey Rukshin is a celebrated person in the country of 140 million people, called Russia, with a good number of published papers, book, interviews and appearances on Russian national television.