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Hermann Weyl



Born 
Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl
9 November 1885 Elmshorn, German Empire

Died  8 December 1955 
(aged 70)
Nationality  German 
Alma mater  University of Göttingen 
Known for  List of topics named after Hermann Weyl Ontic structural realism Wormhole 
Spouse(s)  Friederike Bertha Helene Joseph (nickname "Hella") (1893–1948) Ellen Bär (née Lohnstein) (1902–1988) 
Children  Fritz Joachim Weyl (1915–1977) Michael Weyl (1917–2011) 
Awards  Fellow of the Royal Society Lobachevsky Prize (1927) Gibbs Lecture (1948) 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematical physics 
Institutions  Institute for Advanced Study University of Göttingen ETH Zurich 
Thesis  Singuläre Integralgleichungen mit besonder Berücksichtigung des Fourierschen Integraltheorems (1908) 
Doctoral advisor  David Hilbert 
Doctoral students  Alexander Weinstein 
Other notable students  Saunders Mac Lane 
Influences  Immanuel Kant Edmund Husserl L. E. J. Brouwer 
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Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl, ForMemRS (9 November 1885 – 8 December 1955) was a German mathematician, theoretical physicist and philosopher. Although much of his working life was spent in Zürich, Switzerland and then Princeton, New Jersey, he is associated with the University of Göttingen tradition of mathematics, represented by David Hilbert and Hermann Minkowski.
His research has had major significance for theoretical physics as well as purely mathematical disciplines including number theory. He was one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century, and an important member of the Institute for Advanced Study during its early years.
Weyl published technical and some general works on space, time, matter, philosophy, logic, symmetry and the history of mathematics. He was one of the first to conceive of combining general relativity with the laws of electromagnetism. While no mathematician of his generation aspired to the 'universalism' of Henri Poincaré or Hilbert, Weyl came as close as anyone. Michael Atiyah, in particular, has commented that whenever he examined a mathematical topic, he found that Weyl had preceded him.