The scientific school in the area of mathematical physics has been formed
at the Physical Faculty of St.Petersburg (Leningrad) University due to active
researches which began at the end of 40es  beginning of 50es at the
Department of Mathematics (lately  Department of Mathematics and Mathematical
Physics). These researches were strongly influenced by the allcity Seminar on
mathematical physics which was organized by the department' leader academician
V.I.Smirnov. Due to this influence the new school appeared to be naturally
connected with the traditions of SaintPetersburg school of mathematical
physics known from the end of 19th century. In addition, the scientific
interests of new school were formulated under influence of studies of
academician V.A.Fock, the leader of university theoretical physicists. Closest
collaborators of V.I.Smirnov, Professor (now academician) O.A.Ladyzhenskaya and
Professor G.I.Petrashen, also directly participate in formation of scientific
interests of new school at earlier stage.
Further development of school is
closely connected with the work of academician
L.D.Faddeev
, now the head of the
Department and the leader of school. Due to the influence of his studies new
directions connected with the development of mathematical basis of physics began
to dominate in the work of school. Investigations on scientific interests of
school is also performed at the Department of Computational Physics organized by
academician S.P.Merkur'ev.



