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Hans Adolph Rademacher (3 April 1892, Wandsbeck, now Hamburg-Wandsbek – 7 February 1969, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA) was a German mathematician, known for work in mathematical analysis and number theory.


Rademacher received his Ph.D. in 1916 from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; Constantin Carathéodory supervised his dissertation.[1] He was dismissed from his position at the University of Breslau by the Nazis in 1933 due to his public support of the Weimar Republic,[2] and emigrated from Europe in 1934.

After leaving Germany, he moved to Philadelphia and worked at the University of Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1962; he held the Thomas A. Scott Professorship of Mathematics at Pennsylvania from 1956 to 1962. Rademacher had a number of well known students, including George Andrews, Paul T. Bateman, and Theodor Estermann.


Rademacher performed research in analytic number theory, mathematical genetics, the theory of functions of a real variable, and quantum theory. Most notably, he developed the theory of Dedekind sums.

Awards and honors

With his retirement from the University of Pennsylvania, a group of mathematicians provided the seed funding for The Hans A. Rademacher Instructorships, and honored him with an honorary degree as Doctor of Science.

See also

* Rademacher complexity
* Rademacher function
* Rademacher sum
* Rademacher–Kolmogorov theorem
* Rademacher–Menchov theorem
* Rademacher's series
* Rademacher distribution
* Rademacher's theorem


1. ^ Hans Rademacher at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
2. ^ Siegmund-Schultze, Reinhard (2009). Mathematicians fleeing from Nazi Germany: individual fates and global impact. Princeton University Press. p. 69. ISBN 9780691140414 .

Further reading

* Berndt, Bruce C. (1992). "Hans Rademacher (1892–1969)" (PDF). Acta Arithmetica 61: 209–231. http://matwbn.icm.edu.pl/ksiazki/aa/aa61/aa6131.pdf. Retrieved 2009-02-07. Obituary and list of publications.

External links

* O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Hans Rademacher", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews, http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Rademacher.html .
* Hans Rademacher at the Mathematics Genealogy Project


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