|Died||13 February 1947 (aged 59)|
|Alma mater||University of Göttingen|
|Known for||Hecke algebra|
|Doctoral advisor||David Hilbert|
|Notable students||Kurt Reidemeister|
His early work included establishing the functional equation for the Dedekind zeta function, with a proof based on theta functions. The method extended to the L-functions associated to a class of characters now known as Hecke characters or idele class characters; such L-functions are now known as Hecke L-functions. He devoted most of his research to the theory of modular forms, creating the general theory of cusp forms (holomorphic, for GL(2)), as it is now understood in the classical setting.
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