
Simple finite algebras over a field are matrix algebras over a skew field.

Theorem 11.3.3. Let $A$ be a simple finite $k$-algebra. Then $A$ is a matrix algebra over a finite $k$-algebra $K$ which is a skew field.

Proof. We may choose a simple submodule $M \subset A$ and then the $k$-algebra $K = \text{End}_ A(M)$ is a skew field, see Lemma 11.3.2. By Lemma 11.3.1 we see that $A = \text{End}_ K(M)$. Since $K$ is a skew field and $M$ is finitely generated (since $\dim _ k(M) < \infty$) we see that $M$ is finite free as a left $K$-module. It follows immediately that $A \cong \text{Mat}(n \times n, K^{op})$. $\square$

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