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Franz Mertens

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20 March 1840

Schroda, Posen, Prussia (now Sroda, Poland)

5 March 1927

Vienna, Austria

Franz Mertens studied at Berlin with Kronecker and Kummer . In 1865 he obtained a doctorate with a dissertation on potential theory .

He worked first in Krakóv, then in Graz, then from 1894 in Vienna.

Mertens was a number theorist who is best remembered for his elementary proof of the Dirichlet theorem which appears in most modern textbooks. He worked on analytic number theory and algebra.

Source:School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews, Scotland