Walter Benz

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Walter Benz in 1975
(photo from MFO)

Walter Benz (born May 2, 1931) is a German mathematician, an expert in geometry.

Benz studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and received his doctoral degree in 1954, with Robert Furch as his advisor.[1] After a position at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, he served as a professor at the Universities of Bochum, Waterloo and Hamburg where he is now professor emeritus. Benz was honoured with the degree of a Dr. h.c.

Based on his book Vorlesungen über Geometrie der Algebren (Springer 1973), certain geometric objects are called Benz planes.

Inner product spaces over the real numbers provide the basis of a 2007 book by Benz: Classical Geometries in Modern Contexts.[2]


  1. ^ Walter Benz at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ W. Benz (2007) Classical Geometries in Modern Contexts: Geometry of Real Inner Product Spaces, Birkhäuser, ISBN 978-3-7643-8541-5
  • Uta Hartmann (2009) "Walter Benz — 'Die Mathematik war mein Leben, ist mein Leben' ", Journal of Geometry 93:83–115.

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