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Lev Schnirelmann Biography »
Lev Genrikhovich Schnirelmann (also Shnirelman, Shnirel'man; Russian: Лев Ге́нрихович Шнирельма́н; January 2, 1905 – September 24, 1938) was a Soviet mathematician who sought to prove Goldbach's conjecture. In 1931, using the Brun sieve, he proved that any natural number greater than 1 can be written as the sum of not more than 20 prime numbers.