Ernst Jacobsthal

Ernst Erich Jacobsthal (16 October 1882, Berlin – 6 February 1965, Überlingen)[1] was a German mathematician, and brother to the archaeologist Paul Jacobsthal.

In 1906, he earned his PhD at the University of Berlin, where he was a student of Georg Frobenius, Hermann Schwarz and Issai Schur; his dissertation, Anwendung einer Formel aus der Theorie der quadratischen Reste (Application of a Formula from the Theory of Quadratic Remainders), provided a proof that prime numbers of the form 4n + 1 are the sum of two square numbers. In 1934, he was fired from his professorship at the Technische Hochschule Berlin, because of his Jewish origins. In 1939 he fled to Norway and became after the war a professor at the technical university of Trondheim. [1][2]

See also


  1. Selberg, Sigmund (2006-10-27). "Ernst Jacobsthal". Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  2. "Ernst Jacobsthal". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
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