|Born||12 September 1877|
|Died||4 October 1954 (aged 77)|
|Institutions||Technical University of Berlin|
|Doctoral advisor||David Hilbert|
|Doctoral students||Michael Sadowsky
Richard von Mises
Hamel was born in Düren, Rhenish Prussia. He studied at Aachen, Berlin, Göttingen, and Karlsruhe. His doctoral adviser was David Hilbert. He taught at Brünn in 1905, Aachen in 1912, and at the Technical University of Berlin in 1919. In 1927, Hamel studied the size of the key space for the Kryha encryption device. He became a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in 1938 and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 1953. He died in Landshut, Bavaria.
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