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Hanna Neumann

Hanna Neumann

February 12, 1914 - November 14, 1971

Hanna (von Caemmerer) Neumann was born in Berlin, Germany. She completed her D.Phil at Oxford in 1944. Her research supervisor was Olga Taussky-Todd. As M.F. Newman writes [1], "Her thesis was largely written by candlelight in a rented trailer, to which the difficulties of finding housing had forced the family to move. The typing was done on a card table by a haystack when the weather permitted." Parts of her thesis on "Sub-group Structure of Free Products of Groups with an Amalgamated Subgroup" were published in two parts in the American Journal of Mathematics [Abstract]. After many years of teaching in England, in 1964 she became head of the Department of Pure Mathematics in the National University's School of General Studies in Australia. She was one of the founding vice-presidents of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers in 1966. She is well known for her book Varieties of Groups, published in 1967.

Read a reprint of the extensive biographical memoir from the Records of the Australian Academy of Science.


  1. Newman, M.F. "Hanna Neumann" in Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook, Louise Grinstein and Paul Campbell, Editors, Greenwood Press, 1987.
  2. Newman, M.F and G.E.Wall. "Hanna Neumann," Journal of the Australian Math. Society 17 (1974), 1-28.
  3. Newman, M.F. and G.E.Wall. "Hanna Neumann," Records of the Australian Academy of Science, 3, No. 2, 1975.
  4. Newman, M.F. "Hanna Heumann, A Biographical Notice," Australian Mathematics Teacher 29 (March 1973), 1-22.
  5. Anand, Kailash. "Hanna Neumann: A great woman mathematician from down under," Newsletter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Vol 18, No. 1 (1988), 10-13.
  6. Beatth, Nicole. "Hanna Neumann," in Notable Mathematicians from Ancient Times to the Present, Robyn Young, Editor, Gale Research, 1998.
  7. MathSciNet [subscription required]
  8. Author Profile at zbMath
  9. Mathematics Genealogy Project
  10. Biography at the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive