Catalogue of the papers and correspondenceof
Albrecht Frohlich FRS
(1916-2001)
NCUACScatalogue no. 153/3/07
by Timothy E. Powell and Peter Harper
A. Fréhlich
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Title:
Compiled by:
Timothy E. Powell and Peter Harper
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Fonds
Depositedin:
Date of material:
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Extent of material:
21 boxes, ca 460 items
Catalogue of the papers and correspondenceof Albrecht
Frohlich (1916-2001), mathematician
NCUACS catalogue no. 153/3/07
© 2007 National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists,
University of Bath.
College Archives, King’s College London
Reference code:
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LIST OF CONTENTS
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
SECTION A
BIOGRAPHICAL
SECTION B
RESEARCH
SECTION C
PUBLICATIONS
A.1-A.37
B.1-B.101
C.1-C.125
SECTION D
VISITS, CONFERENCES AND LECTURES
D.1-D.43
SECTION E
CORRESPONDENCE
ee
SECTION F
THESES AND EXAMINATIONS
F.1-F.33
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
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GENERAL INTRODUCTION
PROVENANCE
The archive was received for cataloguing from Dr Ruth Frohlich, widow of Albrecht Frohlich, in
February 2005 and April 2007.
OUTLINE OF THE CAREER OF ALBRECHT FROHLICH
Frohlich was born on 22 May 1916 in Munich, Germany to Julius and Frieda Frohlich. The family
were Jewish and Julius Frohlich was a cattle merchant. Albrecht was the youngestof three children.
The eldest, his sister Betti, settled in Palestine in the 1920s and his elder brother Herbert was to
become a distinguished physicist.
After elementary school Fréhlich went to the Wittelsbacher
Gymnasium butwith the rise to powerof the Nazis Frohlich and his parents left Germany for France
in 1933, and the following year movedto Palestine to join Betti (Herbert had gone to the University of
Leningrad in 1934, then to the University of Bristol in 1935).
In Palestine Frdhlich worked as a
plumber and then as an electrician in a railway workshop.
under H.A. Heilbronn. Frohlich completed his doctoral thesis in October 1950 (Ph.D. awarded 1951).
his visits abroad and bringing up their children.
Frohlich was Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Leicester 1950-1952 and Lecturer
1945 Herbert, now Reader in Physics at the University of Bristol, arranged for his younger brother to
While an undergraduate at Bristol Frohlich met a medical student, Ruth Brooks, whom he married in
in Pure Mathematics at the University College of North Staffordshire 1952-1955.
In 1955 he was
December 1945. He graduated with First Class Honours in 1948 and began post-graduate research
join him at Bristol.
Fréhlich was accepted as a student and began his studies in mathematics in
Frohlich had endedhis formal education at the age of seventeen when he fled Germany. However,in
1950. She becamea doctorin general practice, while also accompanying her husband on manyof
1984). He also made many conferencevisits to the USA, Germanyand France.
appointed Reader in Mathematics at King’s College London. Subsequently he became Professor of
Mathematics at King’s (1962), Head of Department (1969) and, on retirement, Emeritus Professor
(1981). He remained active in post-retirement research and appointments included Fellowship of
Robinson College, Cambridge in 1982 (Emeritus Fellow 1984) and a Senior Research Fellowship at
Imperial College London 1982.
During his career Frohlich held numerous Visiting Professorships,
enjoying a particularly close relationship with the University of Bordeaux (Visiting Professor 1975 and
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Fréhlich’s contributions to algebraic number theory and to mathematics more widely were
acknowledgedin the citation for the de Morgan Medal of the London Mathematical Society, awarded
in 1992 (A.34).
‘His research is characterised by a prodigious flow of highly original ideas, which still shows no sign
of stopping. His work includes such topics as class two nilpotent Galois groups, class groups of
abelian fields, genus theory, quadratic forms and orthogonal representations, and local Langlands
theory. However, without any doubt his most important achievementis the creation of that body of
knowledge now knownasarithmetic Galois module theory: this seeks to exploit and develop the
mysterious and wonderful relationship between certain analytic invariants,
called Artin
root
numbers, and the purely arithmetic problem of determining the structure of the ring of integers of a
Galois extension of number fields over the integral group ring of the Galois group. Although there
were a few previous results due to Hilbert and Noether, the subject really took off with Frohlich's
seminal work on tame Hs-extensions. Building on this, he then proceeded to develop a general
theory and, in the process, produced a whole fund of new ideas and techniques. Through his work
and direction this subject has helped keep British number theory at the forefront of mainstream
research.
Frohlich has greatly influenced the development of algebraic number theory in many ways; he has
widely accessible.
Special mention should be made of the help and encouragementthat he has consistently given to
young mathematicians: in addition to his many own research students, there have been many
French and German students to whom he has provided considerable help. His enthusiasm and love
for mathematics are a sourceofinspiration to all who have worked with him’.
In addition to the de Morgan Medal of the London Mathematical Society, he had also received the
Bordeaux (1986) and Bristol (1998) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Humboldt Research
published seven books, written over a hundred papers and, jointly with J.W.S. Cassels, he
organised the renowned Brighton conference which did so much to makeclassfield theory more
Society’s Senior Berwick Prize in 1976. Fréhlich received honorary doctorates from the universities of
(2005), 149-168. A copyis atA.6.
Award for the Scientific Cooperation between Great Britain and Germany in 1992. He waselected a
For a full account of Frdhlich’s life and works see ‘Albrecht Frohlich (22 May 1916 - 8 November
2001)’ by B.J. Birch and M.J. Taylor, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society vol 51
Fellow of the Royal Society in 1976. He died 8 November 2001.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
This collection dates entirely from the period after Frohlich’s arrival in Britain in 1945. It is particularly
rich in documenting his mathematical researches, including mathematical workings, publications and
correspondencewith colleagues.
Section A, Biographical, includes obituaries and memoirs, material from the Celebration of Frdhlich’s
life, held in the Chapel of Robinson College Cambridge, 10 February 2002, and othertributes. The
career, honours and awards subsection includes his Ph.D. thesis ‘On sometopics in the theory of
representation of groups and in class field theory’, and correspondence and papersrelating to his
university appointments and some ofhis principal honours, including election to the Fellowship of the
Royal Society.
Section B, Research, is chiefly mathematical workings, notes and drafts, mostly manuscript but some
typescript, presented as far as possible in alphabetical order by heading or topic. Some of the
material was found in titled folders or envelopes, but much was loose. The material often comprises a
number of short paginated sequences, and it is possible some were written as early drafts for
publication. Few are dated but the span appears to cover Fréhlich’s research career and includes
work on Galois module theory and Gauss sums. The largest component is material relating to work
on the decomposition of primes. Although undated this appears to be work probably begun in the
1950s.
C.T.C. Wall), Contemporary Mathematics vol. 272 (2000). The largest single body relates to ‘Strict
factorisability and shadows’, in Algebra and Number Theory, Essen 1992 (ed. G. Frey and J. Ritter),
his first article ‘The representation of a finite group as a group of automorphisms on finite Abelian
group’, Quarterly Journal of Mathematics 2nd ser. vol. 1 (1950), to ‘Equivariant Brauer groups’ (with
1994.
References are made to the Bibliography at A.16 in the form Bibliog. no. ....
The material
accompanying mathematical workings. The section also includes a few unpublished drafts, including
mainly takes the form of offprints, but there are also some drafts of papers and occasionally
Section C, Publications, presents comprehensive documentation of Frdhlich’s published output, from
work with C.T.C. Wall on Brauer groups, ‘Galois modules and the functional equation’, and a possible
programmes, and texts or abstracts of lectures delivered are few.
Section D, Visits, conferences and lectures, provides patchy coverage of Fréhlich’s conference
attendance and overseas visits 1956-1998 but includes documentation of his participation in
Germany and some Visiting Professorships.
The material in the main comprises invitations and
draft of a book on ‘mathematical theory of ostensive and consequently of empirical predicates’.
influential mathematics meetings held at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut, Oberwolfach,
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Section E, Correspondence, is arranged in an alphabetical sequence. It is international in scope, with
many correspondents from North America, France and Germany. Correspondents particularly well
represented include Fréhlich’s Ph.D. supervisor H.A.
Heilbronn, colleagues J.-P.
Serre, Olga
Taussky-Todd, S.V. Ullom and C.T.C. Wall, and former research students C.J. Bushnell, M.J. Taylor
and S.M.J. Wilson. Many of the letters focus on progress of research and include discussions of
problems with mathematical workings, sometimes as separate documents, and drafts of papers.
Although the correspondence spans 1950-2000, the bulk dates from the 1970s-1990s.
Section F, Theses and examinations, comprises a set of.theses of Ph.D. students supervised or
examined by Frohlich, including his research students at King’s College (see list at F.29), together
with a number of examination papers, some with Frohlich’s manuscript calculations of answers.
There is also an index of correspondents.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Weare grateful to Dr Ruth Frohlich for making the archive available.
Timothy E. Powell
Bath 2007
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SECTION A
BIOGRAPHICAL, A.1-A.37
1948-2006
A.1-A.7
OBITUARIES AND MEMOIRS
A.8-A.14
MEMORIAL SERVICE AND OTHER TRIBUTES
A.15-A.18
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL
A.19-A.35
CAREER, HONOURS AND AWARDS
A.36, A.37
MISCELLANEOUS
OBITUARIES AND MEMOIRS
2001-2006
obituary
for
University
Frohlich died on 8 November 2001.
24
December 2001,
by
V.
of
Bristol
Obituaries from The Times, 30 November 2001; and
Independent,
Armitage
(including typescript drafts, and print-out of online version)
Obituary for the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, 8 March
2002, by P. Rocquette (German and English versions);
draft
Convocation
Yearbook, ?2002; obituary for King’s College London,
22002; letter to Colin ?Bushnell re draft obituary for ‘In
Touch’,
King’s College London newsletter, which may
relate to preceding
Fellows of the Royal Society vol 51 (2005), 149-168
‘Albrecht Frohlich (22 May 1916 - 8 November 2001)’ by
B.J.
Biographical Memoirs of
Birch and MJ. Taylor,
Online obituary by J.J. O'Connor and E.F. Robertson from
MacTutor History of Mathematics
(http:/www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Frohlich.html)
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Biographical, A.1-A.37
Typescript drafts
2 folders.
Offprint
‘Albrecht Frohlich 1916-2001’ by M.J. Taylor, Bulletin of the
London Mathematical Society vol 38 (2006), 329-350
Offprint
MEMORIAL SERVICE AND OTHER TRIBUTES
2001-2006
Frohlich family letter of thanks for condolences received on
Albrecht Fréhlich’s death
With twoletters of condolence.
of the
life
of Ali
Fréhlich’, The Chapel,
Draft and printed Order of Service
Tributes to Frohlich from colleagues
L. McCulloh, P. Cassou-Nogués, J.
C.B. Thomas.
‘Celebration
Robinson College Cambridge, 10 February 2002
Arithmetic and Geometry,
Also includes copy of programme for Robinson College
Music Society ‘Steinway Concert’, 23 June 2002, featuring
‘The Frohlich Trio’ that was formed at the service on 10
February.
Report by M.J. Taylor on February 2002 Oberwolfach
Conference on
Orders
in
Ritter, V. Armitage,
Correspondence arising
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Biographical, A.1-A.37
dedicated to the memory of Fréhlich, London Mathematical
Society newsletter, April 2002
and
equivariant
Arakelov-Euler
‘e-constants
characteristics’, Ann. Scient. Ec. Norm. Sup., 4th ser. vol.
35 (2002) by T. Chinburg, G. Pappas and M.J. Taylor,
‘Dedicated to the memory of Ali Frohlich (1916-2001), for
his vision, inspiration and encouragement’
2002, 2005
Letter to Ruth Fréhlich from C.B. Thomas, 2005, referring
to dedication of his book Representations of Finite and Lie
Groupsto Albrecht Frohlich.
Fréhlich Prize
2002, 2006
This prize, to be awarded by the London Mathematical
Society for ‘new, original and extremely innovative workin
Mathematics’ was established by Ruth Frdéhlich in line with
her husband’s wishesafter his death.
_ Correspondence re establishment of prize, 2002, and
winner for 2006 (M. Weiss).
A.15-A.18
1960s-2002
Curricula vitae
1960s, 1990s
bibliography has been used in
referencing
the
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL
This
publications in section C.
Entry for Frohlich for International Who’s Who 2002
Copyof Fréhlich’s entry for Personal Records of Fellows of
the Royal Society; copy of citation of election (1976)
Manuscriptlist of books by Frohlich.
Bibliography
1976, 1987
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Biographical, A.1-A.37
A.19-A.35
CAREER, HONOURS AND AWARDS
1948-2005
Student, University of Bristol
1948-1950
Fréhlich came to Bristol at the end of the Second World
War at the suggestion of his brother Herbert who was
Readerin Physics at the University.
studies
Although Fréhlich had ended his formal education at the
age of seventeen he was accepted as a student and began
his
in mathematics in December 1945. He
graduated in 1948 and began doctoral research under H.A.
Heilbronn.
Fréhlich completed his Ph.D. thesis in October
1950 (awarded 1951).
Later account of arrival in Bristol in 1945 (photocopied
manuscript);
Stewart
Scholarship 1948-1949; testimonials by E.H. Linfoot and
H.R. Hassé; etc.
notification
of award
John
of
1948-1950
1950-1951
1951-1952
Correspondencere appointment.
Correspondence re appointment.
Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Leicester
‘On some topics in the theory of representation of groups
and in classfield theory’, Ph.D. thesis, October 1950
Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, University College of North
Staffordshire, Keele
1954-1981
Reader
of
Mathematics (1962), Head of Department (1969), Emeritus
Professor (1981).
Appointments at King’s College London
Correspondencere appointments.
in
Pure
Mathematics
(1955),
Professor
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Biographical, A.1-A.37
A.24-A.27
Election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, 1976
1964-1977
as_
such
“effective
Frohlich’s citation noted, ‘Distinguished for his work in
algebra and in particular in algebraic number theory. He
made his reputation for his contributions to a variety of
areas
near-rings,
homological algebra and in particular to class-field theory
in a non-Abelian context. His recent investigations of the
number-fields and the
module-structure
discovery
part
conjectural) with the behaviour of the associated zeta- and
L-functions has attracted widespread interest. See also
A.17.
of a totally unsuspected
procedures’,
algebraic
relation
(in
of
Correspondence re proposal
1964, 1968
Notification in press; list of Fellows elected 1976
Letters of congratulation
1976-1977
In chronological order.
Not indexed.
2 folders.
Notice from King’s College London.
Correspondencere arrangements for presentation.
Election to Fellowship, Robinson College Cambridge
London Mathematical Society Senior Berwick Prize for
1976
Report to the Leverhulme Trust 1987.
Frohlich was awarded a Fellowship to support his ongoing
research into Galois Gauss sums.
Includes draft of application for Fellowship 1984, and
Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship
1984-1989
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Biographical, A.1-A.37
Honorary Doctorate, University of Bordeaux, March 1986
Notice, letter of congratulation.
Senior Research Fellow, Imperial: College
1988-1996
Correspondence re appointment.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Humboldt Research
Award for the. Scientific Cooperation between Great Britain
and Germany, 1992
1992, 2001
Frohlich received the award ‘in recognition of your past
accomplishments in research and teaching’.
Correspondence.
London Mathematical Society de Morgan Medal for 1992
1992, 1993
to
1998, 2005
Honorary Doctorate, University of Bristol
received the medal ‘for
his many important
Frohlich
contributions
most
important achievement is the creation of that body of
knowledge now knownas arithmetic Galois module theory’.
algebraic number theory...his
Includes Order for Degree Congregation, 6 July 1998 and
text of speeches for Honorary Graduands (see pp.25-26 for
speech commending Frohlich, by A.H. Schofield).
Notification; short citation; full citation (in volume 25 (1993)
of the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society pp.412-
414); letters of congratulation (in chronological order, not
indexed).
1975
Photocopy
blackboard; correspondence from
Ottawa, Canada re use of photograph of Frohlich, 1974
lecturing
at
University,
N.d.,1974,
1975, 1981
of
photograph
of
Frdhlich
A.36, A.37
MISCELLANEOUS
Carleton
N.d.,1974-
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‘University cuts’, Letter published in The Times, 26 March
1981
Typescript letter as sent; publishedletter.
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SECTION B
RESEARCH, B.1-B.101
?1950s-
1996, n.d.
presented
This section is chiefly manuscript mathematical workings,
notes and drafts
in
alphabetical order by heading or topic title. Some were
found in titled folders or envelopes, but much was loose.
The material often comprises a number of short paginated
sequences, and some may have been written as early
drafts for publication. Few are dated.
possible
far as
as
Fréhlich’s handwriting, as he himself acknowledged in
correspondence with colleagues, is not always easy to
decipher.
This becomes more problematic where the
material is in rough form and evidently intended for his use
only.
‘Absolute conductor & resolvent theory’
Contents of folder so inscribed.
‘On algebraic closure’
ca 1965
‘Archimedean theory etc’ and ‘Norms’
‘Archimedean theory. Duality in real vector spaces’
Bundle of folders so labelled. Some of the folders were
themselves inscribed and the contents in some cases
further subdivided.
10pp typescript.
‘Normsof operators’ and ‘Characters with transformations’
‘Some remarks on Artin conductors’
‘Geometry of numbers’
‘Norms’
3 folders.
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‘Relative Brauer + Picard groups‘ and ‘Various results for
change ofrings’
1969, n.d.
Contents of folder so inscribed.
1969.
Some workings dated
2 folders.
‘A canonical class for Galois extensions of number fields’
Manuscript and typescript workings so titled; typescript
pages and manuscript and photocopied manuscript notes
found therewith.
‘Canonical factorisation and Martinet’s conjecture’
Photocopy manuscript workings sotitled, 9pp and 14pp.
‘Notes for further work on conductors’
Contents of folder so inscribed.
B.15-B.31
Decomposition
?1950s
‘Decomp. 1 draft. A Frohlich’
Bundle of folders inscribed ‘Dec’, ‘Decomp’ and similar:
work on the decomposition of primes.
This was work begun by Frdéhlich in the 1950s and some of
the material appears to have been drafted with publication
in mind.
‘Dec. Chp 4’
‘Drafts, decomp.’
‘Dec. Chpt. 3’
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Research, B.1-B.101
B.19-B.22
‘Final draft. Prime decomposition [...]’
4 folders.
‘Decomposition. Numerical examples’
‘Dec. (a) p-adic problem. (b) local fields for p+2’
B.26, B.27
‘Dec. details’
With later manuscript note ‘explicit calculations in number
field extensions [...]’.
folder
(retained
at B.27) bears mathematical
Original
working.
2 folders.
3 folders.
B.28-B.30
‘Notes for dec. paper’
‘Dec. Local fields over R2’
With later manuscript note ‘Extensions of R»2 of certain
[?unipotency] classes: explicit calculations’.
typescript ‘printout’; manuscript workings.
‘On the density of discriminants of cubicfields II’
‘§ 2 The class of a principal factorisation’
Typescript note with manuscript annotation.
Photocopied
manuscript
and
typescript
draft;
4pp
N.d, 1996
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Research, B.1-B.101
B.34, B.35
‘First write-up concerning factorisibility’
2 folders.
B.36-B.38
‘Fields over P,’
folder
(retained
at B.38) bears mathematical
Original
working.
3 folders.
Manuscript and photocopied manuscript workings, first
page beginning ‘Notions of filtered ring [...]’
‘1 Finite fields’
Photocopied manuscript working.
e
e
Galois Gauss sums — resolvents
Galois stabil lattices’
First page is inscribed ‘Olga’.
‘Gal. Gauss Notes’
Includes ‘Examples (I alwaysfinite), 20pp.
Manuscript working, first page beginning ‘T a finite group,
Br its Burnside ring [...]’
Manuscript and photocopied manuscript workings, with
later covering note
‘handwritten part of papers
‘On wild Galois extensions of number fields’
6pp typescript progress report on work on a Galois
extension N/K of number fields;
manuscript working
beginning ‘Here N/Kis a Galois extension offields’.
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‘Reformulation of some results on Galois module structure’
Manuscript
and
circulation only)’.
typescript
drafts
marked
‘(Informal
‘§ 2 Introduction to Gauss sums’
39pp manuscript working.
‘Gauss sums’
ca 1983
Typescript draft, ‘This is a report on some aspects ofjoint
work with C.J. Bushnell’ (may relate to Gauss sums and p-
adic division algebras, at C.78).
‘A programmeforelliptic Gauss sums’
This may have been intended for delivery as a lecture.
‘Wild Gauss sums’
B.51, B52
‘Genus Classfreq.’
B.53-B.55
‘Graded categories’
Contents of folder so inscribed divided into two for ease of
reference.
Contents of envelope so inscribed divided into three for
ease of reference.
by Frohlich.
Includes correspondence with T.C. Chinburg and D. Burns
re work on the Gras conjecture, with manuscript workings
Contents of folder so inscribed divided into three for ease
of reference.
B.56-B.58
‘Gras conjecture’
1989, 1990
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Research, B.1-B.101
Untitled manuscript working beginning ‘The idele group of
a numberfield E’
‘Integral or Radical modules. I

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