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Heinrich Behnke

Heinrich Adolph Louis Behnke
Born(1898-10-09)9 October 1898
Died10 October 1979(1979-10-10) (aged 81)
Münster, Germany
EducationUniversity of Göttingen
University of Hamburg
Known forBehnke–Stein theorem
Behnke–Stein theorem on Stein manifolds
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Hamburg
University of Münster
Doctoral advisorErich Hecke
Doctoral studentsHans Grauert
Friedrich Hirzebruch
Reinhold Remmert
Karl Stein
Helmut Ulm
Uwe Storch

Heinrich Adolph Louis Behnke (Horn, 9 October 1898 – Münster, 10 October 1979) was a German mathematician and rector at the University of Münster.

Life and career

He was born into a Lutheran family in Horn, a suburb of Hamburg. He attended the University of Göttingen and submitted his doctoral thesis to the University of Hamburg.[1] He was noted for work on complex analysis with Henri Cartan and Peter Thullen. His first wife, Aenne Albersheim, was Jewish, but she died soon after the birth of their son. He was concerned about his son's ethnicity during the Nazi period.[2] In 1936 he was elected a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina.

Selected publications

  • with Peter Thullen: Theorie der Funktionen mehrerer komplexer Veränderlicher, Springer Verlag, Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete, 1934,[3] 2nd edn. with collaboration by Reinhold Remmert 1970
  • with Friedrich Sommer: Theorie der Funktionen einer komplexen Veränderlichen, Springer Verlag, 3rd edn. 1965
  • Vorlesung über Differentialgeometrie, Münster, Aschendorff, 7th edn. 1966
  • Vorlesung über gewöhnliche Differentialgleichungen, Münster, Aschendorff, 4th edn. 1963
  • Vorlesungen über Algebra, Münster, Aschendorff, 3rd edn. 1958
  • Vorlesungen über Zahlentheorie, Münster, Aschendorff, 5th edn. 1961
  • Vorlesung über klassische Funktionentheorie, Aschendorff
  • Vorlesung über Infinitesimalrechnung, Aschendorff


  1. ^ Mathematiker in Hamburg - Heinrich Adolph Louis Behnke
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Heinrich Behnke", MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, University of St Andrews
  3. ^ Bennett, A. A. (1935). "Review: H. Behnke and P. Thullen, Theorie der Funktionen mehrerer komplexer Veränderlicher". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 41 (3): 171–172. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1935-06059-8.

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