Carl Friedrich Gauss

1777 - 1855

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Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (; German: Gauß [kaʁl ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈɡaʊs] (listen); Latin: Carolus Fridericus Gauss; 30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician and physicist who made significant contributions to many fields in mathematics and science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Friedrich Gauss has received more than 4,134,799 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 137 in 2019). Carl Friedrich Gauss is the 3rd most popular mathematician (up from 4th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Germany (down 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 828Before him are Archimedes and Blaise Pascal. After him are Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Euclid, Hypatia, Bertrand Russell, Pierre de Fermat, and Fibonacci.

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Among people born in 1777, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 1After him are Alexander I of Russia, Hans Christian Ørsted, Désirée Clary, Henry Clay, Heinrich von Kleist, Francis I of the Two Sicilies, Elisa Bonaparte, Juliette Récamier, Louis Jacques Thénard, Philipp Otto Runge, and Nathan Mayer Rothschild. 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, François Rude, Pavel Nakhimov, Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, and François Magendie.

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Among people born in Germany, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 15 out of 5,289Before him are Albrecht Dürer (1471), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Richard Wagner (1813), George Frideric Handel (1685), and Peter Paul Rubens (1577). After him are Max Weber (1864), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Engels (1820), and Johannes Brahms (1833).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Carl Friedrich Gauss ranks 1After him are Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Bernhard Riemann (1826), Gottlob Frege (1848), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Emmy Noether (1882), Ludolph van Ceulen (1540), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Richard Dedekind (1831), and Regiomontanus (1436).