Johann Gauss

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Johann Gauss

Name: Johann Gauss

Born: April 30, 1777, in Braunschweig, Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Holy Roman Empire

Death: February 23, 1855 (Age: 77)

Computer-related contributions

  • German mathematician and physical scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, electrostatics, astronomy, and optics.
  • Sometimes referred to as "the Prince of Mathematicians."

Significant publications

  • Doctoral dissertation on the Fundamental theorem of algebra (1799).
  • Untersuchungen über Gegenstände der Höheren Geodäsie. Zweite Abhandlung (1846).

Honors and awards

  • Degaussing, the process of eliminating a magnetic field named in his honor.
  • The Gaussian pyramid is named after him.
  • The CGS unit for magnetic field was named gauss in his honor.
  • Copley Medal (1838).