Arthur Wieferich

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Arthur Wieferich
Born (1884-04-27)April 27, 1884
Münster, Westphalia, German Empire
Died September 15, 1954(1954-09-15) (aged 70)
Meppen, West Germany
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Münster
Known for Wieferich prime
Wieferich pair
Wieferich's theorem
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Academic advisors Max Dehn
Influenced Edmund Landau

Arthur Josef Alwin Wieferich (April 27, 1884 – September 15, 1954) was a German mathematician and teacher, remembered for his work on number theory.

He was born in Münster, attended the University of Münster (1903–1909) and then worked widely as a school teacher and tutor until his retirement in 1949. He married in 1916 and had no children.

Wieferich abandoned his studies after his graduation and did not publish any paper after 1909. His mathematical reputation is founded on five papers he published while a student at Münster:

The first three papers are related to Waring's problem. His fourth paper led to the term Wieferich prime.

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