Elected: 2010
Discipline: Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics
Professor Friedrich Ernst Peter Hirzebruch FRS HonFRSE
Friedrich Hirzebruch, universally known, like his father and paternal grandfather, as Fritz, was born in Hamm on 17th October, 1927. His grandfather had been a master saddler, an important position at a time when horses were the main form of transport. His father had mathematical talent and studied mathematics and natural sciences in Göttingen, Berlin and Münster before becoming a high school teacher in Minden. In due course he became the headmaster of a large secondary school in Hamm where he stayed for the remaining twenty-five years of his career. His wife, Martha (née Holtschmit) came from a family that worked in the Westphalian metal industry.

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