Carl Friedrich Gauss

1777 - 1855

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Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (German: Gauß [kaʁl ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈɡaʊs] ; Latin: Carolus Fridericus Gauss; 30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician, astronomer, geodesist, and physicist who contributed to many fields in mathematics and science. He ranks among history's most influential mathematicians and has been referred to as the "Prince of Mathematicians". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Friedrich Gauss has received more than 5,943,266 page views. His biography is available in 154 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 148 in 2019). Carl Friedrich Gauss is the 3rd most popular mathematician, the 8th most popular biography from Germany (up from 10th in 2019) and the most popular German Mathematician.

Carl Friedrich Gauss is most famous for his contributions to mathematics, specifically in the fields of number theory and geometry. He also made contributions to astronomy, statistics, and geodesy.

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Among mathematicians, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 3 out of 1,004Before him are Archimedes, and Blaise Pascal. After him are Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Euclid, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Al-Biruni, Hypatia, Bernhard Riemann, and Bertrand Russell.

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Among people born in 1777, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 1After him are Hans Christian Ørsted, Alexander I of Russia, Désirée Clary, Heinrich von Kleist, Henry Clay, Elisa Bonaparte, Francis I of the Two Sicilies, Juliette Récamier, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Philipp Otto Runge, and Louis Jacques Thénard. Among people deceased in 1855, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 1After him are Søren Kierkegaard, Nicholas I of Russia, Charlotte Brontë, Adam Mickiewicz, Gérard de Nerval, Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Adelaide of Austria, Pavel Nakhimov, Jacques-Charles Dupont de l'Eure, François Rude, and Maria Theresa of Austria.

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Among people born in Germany, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 8 out of 7,253Before him are Charlemagne (748), Albert Einstein (1879), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Martin Luther (1483), Karl Marx (1818), and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749). After him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Johannes Kepler (1571), and Albrecht Dürer (1471).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 1After him are Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Bernhard Riemann (1826), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Emmy Noether (1882), Gottlob Frege (1848), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Richard Dedekind (1831), and Alexander Grothendieck (1928).