Wolfgang Hahn

Wolfgang Hahn (April 30, 1911 – January 10, 1998) was a German mathematician who worked on special functions, in particular orthogonal polynomials.

Wolfgang Hahn
Born(1911-04-30)April 30, 1911
DiedJanuary 10, 1998(1998-01-10) (aged 86)
Alma materUniversity of Berlin
Known forHahn polynomials, Hahn difference, Hahn ensemble, Hahn q-addition, Hahn–Exton q-Bessel function
Scientific career
InstitutionsTU Braunschweig, TU Graz
Doctoral advisorIssai Schur

He introduced Hahn polynomials, Hahn difference, Hahn q-addition (or Jackson-Hahn-Cigler q-addition), and the Hahn–Exton q-Bessel function. He was an honorary member of the Austrian Mathematical Society.


  • Kappel, F. (1982), "Wolfgang Hahn---an address in honour of his 70th birthday", in Kappel, F.; Schappacher, W. (eds.), Evolution equations and their applications (Schloss Retzhof, 1981), Res. Notes in Math., 68, New York: Pitman, pp. xi–xvi, ISBN 978-0-273-08567-6, MR 0668374
  • "Professor Dr. Wolfgang Hahn", Journal of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 18: Si–Svi, 1983, ISSN 0047-2557, MR 0753936
  • "Nachruf auf Wolfgang Hahn" (PDF), Internationale Mathematische Nachrichten, 181: 2–12, August 1999
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