Born in Berlin in 1901, I showed an early interest in science and mathematics, being stimulated by my older brother.
In a graduate school course on Number Theory, I met my wife Ilse, who became a theoretical physicist and a mathematician.
Taking my first position as a mathematics professor at the University of Konigsberg, Ilse and I often walked across the bridges made famous by Euler.
I wrote a paper with Emily Noether and Helmut Hasse on the resolution of Dickson's conjecture that every central simple algebra over an algebraic field is cyclic...any idea what that means?
Two years later, Hitler's antisemitic platform forced both Emily and myself out of our teaching positions, while Helmut became a fervent supporter of the Nazis.
Taking a position in the United States (but knowing no English at the time), I became a leader in the movement to classify all of the finite simple groups, though I died before the "monster" group was conquered in 1979.
Richard Brauer (1901-1977)