Vidmantas Kastytis Bentkus

Vidmantas Kastytis Bentkus, the head of the Mathematical Statistics Department in the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Vilnius, died on  June 3, 2010 from a heart attack. 

Vidmantas Kastytis Bentkus was born in Šilute (Lithuania) in 1949. In 1967-1970 he was a student of the Mathematical department at the Vilnius University; in 1970-1976 a student of the Mathematical- Mechanical Department at Moscow State Lomonosov University. In 1977 he received a doctor's degree from the Moscow University. In 1986 received the Habilitated Doctor of Sciences degree from Vilnius University. He was working at Mathematical Statistic Department of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics as a principal research associate.

Vidmantas’ research interests and achievements were impressive. He started his scientific carrier in the area of functional analysis and infinite dimensional partial differential equations and latter moved to the area of limit theorems of mathematical statistics and probability theory. The last 10-15 years he was working on finding an optimal and most precise form of inequalities for sums of independent random variables. He is an author or a coauthor of more than 90 scientific papers published in most prestigious science journals worldwide.

In 1987 and 1999  he was awarded the Lithuanian National Prize of Science. In 1990-1991 he was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung in Germany.

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