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Hasse was born in Kassel, Province of Hesse-Nassau,[2] the son of Judge Paul Reinhard Hasse aka Haße (12 April 1868 – 1 June 1940,[3] son of Friedrich Ernst Hasse and his wife Anna Von Reinhard) and his wife Margarethe Louise Adolphine Quentin (born 5 July 1872 in Milwaukee, daughter of retail toy merchant[4] Adolph Quentin (b. May 1832, probably Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia) and Margarethe Wehr (b. about 1840, Prussia),[5] then raised in Kassel).[6]

After serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I, he studied at the University of Göttingen, and then at the University of Marburg under Kurt Hensel, writing a dissertation in 1921 containing the Hasse–Minkowski theorem, as it is now called, on quadratic forms over number fields. He then held positions at Kiel, Halle and Marburg. He was Hermann Weyl's replacement at Göttingen in 1934.

Hasse was an Invited Speaker of the ICM in 1932 in Zurich and a Plenary Speaker of the ICM in 1936 in Oslo.[7]

In 1933 Hasse had signed the Vow of allegiance of the Professors of the German Universities and High-Schools to Adolf Hitler and the National Socialistic State.

Politically, he applied for membership in the Nazi Party in 1937, but this was denied to him due to his Jewish ancestry.[8] After the war, he briefly returned to Göttingen in 1945, but was excluded by the British authorities. After brief appointments in Berlin, from 1948 on he settled permanently as professor in Hamburg.

He collaborated with many mathematicians, in particular with Emmy Noether and Richard Brauer on simple algebras, and with Harold Davenport on Gauss sums (Hasse–Davenport relations), and with Cahit Arf on the Hasse–Arf theorem.


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  1. ^ Helmut Hasse at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Hellmuth Haße in the Hesse, Germany, Births, 1851-1901; Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv; Wiesbaden, Deutschland; Personenstandsregister Geburtenregister; Bestand: 910; Signatur: 910_5132; accessed 31 March 2018 Hesse, Germany, Births, 1851-1901. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  3. ^ Paul Reinhard Hasse in the Hesse, Germany, Deaths, 1851-1958, Personenstandsregister Sterberegister; Bestand: 910; Signatur: 5683; Hesse, Germany, Deaths, 1851-1958 paid subscription website. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  4. ^ 1870 U.S. Federal Census: Adolph Quentin, accessed 31 March 2018, paid subscription website.
  5. ^ Margarethe Louise Adolphine Quentin in the Hesse, Germany, Marriages, 1849-1930; Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv; Wiesbaden, Deutschland; Personenstandsregister Heiratsregister; Bestand: 910; Hesse, Germany, Marriages, 1849-1930. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  6. ^ Harold Edwards, Artikel Helmut Hasse in Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  7. ^ Hasse, H. (1937). "Über die riemannsche Vermutung in Funktionenkörpern". In: Comptes rendus du Congrès international des mathématiciens: Oslo, 1936. vol. 1. pp. 189–206.
  8. ^ Helmut Hasse und die Familie Mendelssohn, By Peter Roquette. The Nazi mathematician Prof. Erhard Tornier [de] pointed out that Helmut Hasse had a Jewish great grandmother.
  9. ^ a b Kaplansky, Irving (1981). "Review: Number theory, by Helmut Hasse". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 4 (2): 249–250. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1981-14899-0.
  10. ^ Chevalley, C. (1953). "Review: Über die Klassenzahl abelscher Zahlkörper, by Helmut Hasse". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 59 (3): 281–282. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1953-09709-9.

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