Richard Dagobert Brauer
This article is about a German group theorist (a German person working in group theory)
This person worked in/on: Classification of finite simple groups
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Richard Dagobert Brauer (10 February 1901 - 17 April 1977) was born in Germany, but spent his later life in Canada and the United States of America. He had to leave Germany on account of Hitler.
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Brauer worked mainly on the theory of characters and representations, and applied this work towards the classification of finite simple groups.
- 1937: Introduced the idea of blocks in joint work with his student Nesbitt
- 1947: Published a paper On Artin's L-series of generalized group characters in Annals of Mathematics which was to win him the Cole Prize in 1949
- 1951: As a first step towards the classification of finite simple groups, obtained a group-theoretical characterization of projective special linear groups
- 1955: Published a paper with his doctoral student, Fowler, titled On groups of even order. This was a major step towards the odd-order theorem of Feit and Thompson. Brauer's paper showed that there are only finitely many finite simple groups containing an involution whose centraliser is a given finite group.