Günter Pickert

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Günter Pickert, 1974.

Günter Pickert (born June 23, 1917 in Eisenach ; † February 11, 2015 ) was a German mathematician who mainly dealt with geometry and mathematics didactics.


Pickert went to school in Eisenach and from 1933 studied mathematics and physics at the University of Göttingen (among other things, he heard David Hilbert's lecture on the fundamentals of geometry in 1933/34 ) and the TH Danzig . In 1939 he received his doctorate in Göttingen under Helmut Hasse (New Methods in the Structure Theory of Commutative-Associative Algebras, Mathematische Annalen Vol. 116, p. 217).

During the Second World War he was a soldier in Poland, Russia (Stalingrad) and Tunisia, most recently as a first lieutenant. From 1943 to 1946 Pickert was a prisoner of war in the USA, where he gave lectures at the "camp university". From 1946 he was an assistant at the University of Tübingen (with Erich Kamke , Konrad Knopp , Hellmuth Kneser ), where he completed his habilitation in 1948, became a lecturer and in 1953 an adjunct professor (in addition, he held lectures in Göttingen in 1950 and in 1951 in Heidelberg). From 1962 he was a full professor and director of the Mathematical Institute at the University of Giessen , where he retired in 1985.

Pickert dealt, among other things, with finite geometries, which he also introduced into mathematics didactics. In 1955 his influential textbook on projective planes appeared .

From 1960 he was co-editor of the mathematical-physical semester reports and also of the journals Praxis der Mathematik and Didaktik der Mathematik. In 1991 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg . In 1988 he received the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class.

Pickert had been married since 1942. His wife Anneliese died in 2003. The couple have two sons.

His doctoral students include Johannes André , Benno Artmann , Sibylla Prieß-Crampe , Günter Törner , and Helmut Salzmann .


  • Introduction to higher algebra (= Studia mathematica. 7, ZDB -ID 184926-8 ). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1951.
  • Linear Algebra. Normal forms of matrices (= encyclopedia of the mathematical sciences including their applications . Volume 1, 1, booklet 3, part 1). 2nd, completely revised edition. Teubner, Leipzig 1953, ( digitized version ).
  • Co-author of the articles Polynomials, Structure of the System of Real Numbers, Complex Numbers and Quaternions in: Heinrich Behnke , Friedrich Bachmann , Kuno Fladt (Eds.) Grundzüge der Mathematik. Volume 1: Fundamentals of Mathematics, Arithmetic and Algebra. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1958.
  • Analytical geometry (= mathematics and its applications in physics and technology. Series A, 24, ZDB -ID 503787-6 ). Academic publishing company Geest & Portig, Leipzig 1953.
  • Projective levels (= basic teachings of the mathematical sciences in single representations. 80, ISSN  0072-7830 ). Springer, Berlin et al. 1955.
  • Flat incidence geometry. Examples of axiomatics with an introduction to formal logic (= series of publications on mathematics. 8, ISSN  0559-0221 ). Otto Salle, Frankfurt am Main et al. 1958.
  • Introduction to differential and integral calculus. Klett, Stuttgart 1969.
  • Introduction to finite geometry. Klett, Stuttgart 1974, ISBN 3-12-983250-5 .
  • Metric geometry in vector representation. Klett, Stuttgart 1983, ISBN 3-12-983400-1 .



  • Renate Tobies : Biographical encyclopedia in mathematics for doctoral students at German universities and technical colleges. WS 1907/08 to WS 1944/45 (= algorism. Studies on the history of mathematics and natural sciences. 58). Rauner, Augsburg 2006, ISBN 3-936905-21-5 .

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  1. Günter Pickert in the Mathematics Genealogy Project (English)Template: MathGenealogyProject / Maintenance / id used