Erich Hecke

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Erich Hecke

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Born (1887-09-20)20 September 1887
Buk, Province of Posen, German Empire
Died 13 February 1947(1947-02-13) (aged 59)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Fields Mathematics
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Doctoral advisor David Hilbert
Notable students Kurt Reidemeister
Heinrich Behnke
Hans Petersson
Known for Hecke operator

Erich Hecke (20 September 1887 – 13 February 1947) was a German mathematician. He obtained his doctorate in Göttingen under the supervision of David Hilbert. Kurt Reidemeister and Heinrich Behnke were among his students.

Hecke was born in Buk, Posen, Germany (now Poznań, Poland), and died in Copenhagen, Denmark. His early work included establishing the functional equation for the Dedekind zeta function, with a proof based on theta functions. The method extended to the L-functions associated to a class of characters now known as Hecke characters or idele class characters; such L-functions are now known as Hecke L-functions. He devoted most of his research to the theory of modular forms, creating the general theory of cusp forms (holomorphic, for GL(2)), as it is now understood in the classical setting.

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