Wolfgang Krull

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Wolfgang Krull, Göttingen 1920

Wolfgang Krull (26 August 1899 – 12 April 1971) was a German mathematician who made fundamental contributions to commutative algebra, introducing concepts that are now central to the subject.

Krull was born and went to school in Baden-Baden. He attended the Universities of Freiburg, Rostock and finally Göttingen from 1919–1921,[1] where he earned his doctorate under Alfred Loewy. He worked as an instructor and professor at Freiburg, then spent a decade at the University of Erlangen. In 1939 Krull moved to become chair at the University of Bonn, where he remained for the rest of his life. Wolfgang Krull was a member of the Nazi Party.[2]

His 35 doctoral students include Wilfried Brauer, Karl-Otto Stöhr and Jürgen Neukirch.

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  • Krull, Wolfgang (1935), Idealtheorie, Ergebnisse der Mathematik, Springer[3]
  • Krull, Wolfgang (1999), Ribenboim, Paulo (ed.), Gesammelte Abhandlungen/Collected papers. Vol. 1, 2 (in German), Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., ISBN 978-3-11-012771-3, MR 1711477


  1. ^ "Wolfgang Krull - Biography". Maths History. Retrieved 2022-10-12.
  2. ^ Florian Schmaltz: Kampfstoff-Forschung im Nationalsozialismus - Zur Kooperation von Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituten, Militär und Industrie. Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 9783892448808, p. 333.
  3. ^ Ore, Øystein (1937). "Review: W. Krull, Idealtheorie". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 43 (7): 460–461. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1937-06563-3.

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