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Kurt Jacob Wilhelm Sebastian Hensel

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Gross Barthen, Königsberg, Ostpreussen, Germany
Death: June 1, 1941 (79)
Marburg, Giessen, Hesse, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Ludwig Felix Sebastian Hensel and Juliette von Adelson
Husband of Gertrud Victoria Hensel
Father of Ruth Haymann; Elisabeth (Lilli) Hensel; Marie Cecilie Sabine Schenck; Albert Hensel, Prof. of law and Charlotte Bergengruen
Brother of Fanny Roemer; Cécilie Leo; Prof. Paul Hugo Hensel, Prof. Dr. and Elisabeth (Lilli) du Bois-Reymond

Occupation: mathematician
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About Kurt Jacob Wilhelm Sebastian Hensel


Kurt Wilhelm Sebastian Hensel (29 December 1861 – 1 June 1941) was a German mathematician born in Königsberg.

Contents [show] Life and career[edit] Hensel was born in Königsberg, East Prussia (today Kaliningrad, Russia), the son of Julia (née von Adelson) and Sebastian Ludwig Felix Hensel, who was a landowner and entrepreneur. His paternal grandparents were painter Wilhelm Hensel and composer Fanny Mendelssohn. Through his grandmother, he was a descendant of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Hensel was the brother of the philosopher Paul Hensel. Both his paternal grandmother and his mother were from Jewish families that had converted to Christianity.

Hensel studied mathematics in Berlin and Bonn, under mathematicians like Leopold Kronecker and Karl Weierstrass.

Later in his life Hensel was a professor at the University of Marburg until 1930. He was also an editor of the mathematical Crelle's Journal. He edited the five-volume collected works of Leopold Kronecker.

Hensel is well known for his introduction of p-adic numbers. First described by him in 1897,[1] they became increasingly important in number theory and other fields during the twentieth century.[2]

Publications[edit] Theorie der algebraischen Funktionen einer Variabeln und ihre Anwendung auf algebraische Kurven und Abelsche Integrale (zus. mit Georg Landsberg) Teubner, Leipzig 1902 Theorie der algebraischen Zahlen Teubner, Leipzig 1908[3] Zahlentheorie Göschen, Berlin 1913[4] Gedächtnisrede auf Ernst Eduard Kummer zu dessen 100. Geburtstag[5] Über eine neue Begründung der Theorie der algebraischen Zahlen, Jahresbericht DMV, Band 6, 1899

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Kurt Jacob Wilhelm Sebastian Hensel's Timeline

December 29, 1861
Königsberg, Ostpreussen, Germany
February 9, 1888
Age 26
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
January 27, 1889
Age 27
August 8, 1890
Age 28
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
February 9, 1895
Age 33
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
October 1, 1896
Age 34
Marburg, Hessen, Germany
June 1, 1941
Age 79
Marburg, Giessen, Hesse, Germany
- 1884
Berlin, Berlin, Germany