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Hans-Joachim Baues

Hans-Joachim Baues (d. May 8, 2020) was a German topologist and the author of

among other works.

A part of his work developed the ideas of Whitehead's basic programme for algebraic homotopy, using a mix of cofibration categories and categories with a particular type of cylinder functor, that he called I-categories. These are treated in separate entries.

Baues also systematically developed aspects of secondary homological algebra (secondary cohomological operations, secondary Steenrod algebra, secondary chain complexes, secondary triangulated category) which is a form of categorification of the usual homological algebra. He developed them together to give sound applications in the computations with Adams-Novikov spectral sequence and calculations of homotopy groups of spheres.

He is also well known for his development of the “cohomology of small categories” with Wirsching, sometimes called Baues-Wirsching cohomology, although versions of this theory existed prior to his contribution.

MPIM Obituary

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