Leopold Kronecker Essay

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LEOPOLD KRONECKER Leopold Kronecker was born on December 7th in 1823. He was born in Leignitz, Prussia, which is now called Leignitz, Poland. His mother, Johanna Prausnitzer and father, Isidor Kronecker were very wealthy. Leopold was their firstborn and an only child until he was 17 years old when his brother, Hugo was born. Leopold's education started very early, with 7 different private tutors. He was tutored until age 14. At age 15 he began attending Leignitz Gymnasium, a school fairly close to his house. This school is the place that first inspired Kronecker. Here he met his lifetime friend, Ernest Krummer. Krummer was a teacher at the school and he taught Kronecker much more about mathematics than was ever required at Leignitz Gymnasium School. In 1841 Leopold became a student at Berlin University. He excelled in many areas, such as: Mathematics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Philosophy. After spending the summer of 1843 at the University of Bonn Kronecker became a student at the University of Breslau. He studied at Breslau for only one semester before returning to Berlin University where he worked on his doctoral thesis on algebraic number theory.In 1848 Leopold left the University to help out his families banking business. Also in 1848 he married his uncle's daughter, Fanny Prausnitzer. Together they had 6 children. 4 of their children outlived them but 2 died of incurable diseases. At age 30, Leopold Kronecker retired from running his families banking business; he was now an extremely wealthy man. He only retired as a businessman. But continued to work on mathematics for pure enjoyment. In 1855 he returned to Berlin. In 1856 he was elected to Berlin University's mathematics team. There he studied and explored the mathematics world with his old...

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