Leopold Kronecker

German mathematician who worked on number theory and algebra (1823–1891)

Leopold Kronecker (7 December 1823 Liegnitz, Prussia - 29 December 1891) was a German mathematician of Jewish descent.

Leopold Kronecker

At first he was a business man and earned a lot of money. Then he devoted himself to mathematics. He is famous for his work on number theory, determinant and algebra. He criticized Cantor's work on set theory. He was a pupil and lifelong friend of Ernst Kummer.


  • Eric Temple Bell, 1986. Men of Mathematics, Penguin books 1953.