Magnus, Wilhelm

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Magnus, Wilhelm Gender: M
Hans Heinrich Wilhelm Magnus
born on 5 February 1907 at 11:45 (= 11:45 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 15°30' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 07°56 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 12°51'


German-American mathematician who made important contributions in combinatorial group theory, Lie algebras, mathematical physics, elliptic functions, and the study of tessellations.

In 1931, Magnus received his PhD from the University of Frankfurt, in Germany. His thesis, written under the direction of Max Dehn, was entitled Über unendlich diskontinuierliche Gruppen von einer definierenden Relation (der Freiheitssatz).

Magnus was a faculty member in Frankfurt from 1933 until 1938. He refused to join the Nazi Party and, as a consequence, was not allowed to hold an academic post during World War II. In 1947 he became a professor at the University of Göttingen.

In 1948 he emigrated to the United States to collaborate on the Bateman Manuscript Project as a co-editor, while a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology. In 1950 he was appointed professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, in New York University. He stayed there until 1973, when he moved to the Polytechnic Institute of New York, before retiring in 1978. Among his doctoral students are Joan Birman, Martin Greendlinger, Edna Grossman, Herbert Keller, and Seymour Lipschutz.

Wilhelm Magnus died on 15 October 1990 at age 83 in New Rochelle, New York.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Great Achievement 1931 (PhD)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file (no. 404).


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Magnus expansion", "Magnus–Moldavansky method")