Nikolai Durov

Nikolai Valeryevich Durov (Russian: Никола́й Вале́рьевич Ду́ров; born 21 November 1980) is a Russian programmer and mathematician. He is the elder brother of Pavel Durov, with whom he founded the social networking site VK and later Telegram.[1]

Nikolai Durov
Никола́й Вале́рьевич Ду́ров
Born (1980-11-21) 21 November 1980 (age 40)
Alma materSaint Petersburg State University, University of Bonn
OccupationProgrammer, mathematician
Known forFounding VK in 2006 Founding Telegram Messenger in 2013
RelativesPavel Durov (brother)
AwardsSt. Petersburg Mathematical Society Young Mathematician Prize (2006)

Early life and educationEdit

In 1996, 1997 and 1998 Durov participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad, winning a gold medal in each of the three contests he took part in.[2] (where his contestant name was Nikolai Dourov.) In 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 he won one gold and three silver medals in the International Olympiad in Informatics.[3] He was a member of Saint-Petersburg State University ACM team, which won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in 2000[4] and 2001.[5]

He received his first PhD from Saint Petersburg State University in 2005. He continued his mathematical education at the University of Bonn and in 2007 obtained another PhD under supervision of Gerd Faltings[6] entitled "A new approach to Arakelov geometry".[7]



Durov introduced commutative algebraic monads as a generalization of local objects in a generalized algebraic geometry.[8] Versions of a tropical geometry, of an absolute geometry over a field with one element and an algebraic analogue of Arakelov geometry were realized in this setup.

He holds the position of a senior research fellow at the laboratory of algebra at the St. Petersburg Department of Steklov Institute of Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences.[9]

Other workEdit


  1. ^ Shu, Catherine. "Meet Telegram, A Secure Messaging App From The Founders O VK, Russia's Largest Social Network - TechCrunch".
  2. ^ "International Mathematical Olympiad".
  3. ^ "Nikolai Dourov".
  4. ^ "Final report of the ACM programming contest 2000". Archived from the original on 2011-01-02.
  5. ^ "Final report of the ACM programming contest 2001". Archived from the original on 2011-01-02.
  6. ^ "HCM: 404".
  7. ^ A new approach to Arakelov geometry Submitted on 16 Apr 2007) 568 pages.
  8. ^ Nikolai, Durov (16 April 2007). "New Approach to Arakelov Geometry". arXiv:0704.2030 [math.AG].
  9. ^ "PDMI - Durov N.V."
  10. ^ Anton, Blagoveshchensky (April 30, 2014). "Брат Павла Дурова предсказал новые увольнения из "ВКонтакте"". Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Telegram TON (Telegram Open Network)". Coinpost. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  12. ^ original TON (Telegram Open Network) whitepaper.