# Wedderburn-Artin theorem

A theorem which fully describes the structure of associative Artinian rings without nilpotent ideals. An associative ring $R$ has the minimum condition for right ideals and has no nilpotent ideals if and only if $R$ is the direct sum of a finite number of ideals, each of which is isomorphic to a complete matrix ring of finite order over a suitable skew-field; this decomposition into a direct sum is unique apart from the ordering of its terms. This theorem was first obtained by J. Wedderburn for finite-dimensional algebras over a field, and was proved by E. Artin [1] in its final formulation.

#### References

 [1] E. Artin, "The influence of J.H.M. Wedderburn on the development of modern algebra" Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. , 56 (1950) pp. 65–72