February 10, 1901–April 17, 1977
BY J. A. GREEN
RICHARD DAGOBERT BRAUER, Emeritus Professor at Harvard University and one of the foremost algebraists of this century, died on April 17, 1977, in Boston, Massachusetts. He had been an Honorary Member of the Society since 1963.
Richard Brauer was born on February 10, 1901, in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany; he was the youngest of three children of Max Brauer and his wife Lilly Caroline. Max Brauer was an influential and wealthy businessman in the wholesale leather trade, and Richard was brought up in an affluent and cultured home with his brother Alfred and his sister Alice.
Richard Brauer's early years were happy and untroubled. He attended the Kaiser-Friedrich-Schule in Charlottenburg from 1907 until he graduated from there in 1918. He was already interested in science and mathematics as a young boy, an interest which owed much much to the influence of his gifted brother Alfred, who was seven years older than Richard.
Adapted from Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society 10(1978):317-25, 337-42 and reprinted with permission of the London Mathematical Society. Bracketed numbers refer to entries in the bibliography at the end of this memoir.