DEAD: Carl Friedrich Gauss

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Carl Friedrich Gauss (aged 77)
German mathematician and physicist (algebra)

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician and physicist who made significant contributions to many fields in mathematics and sciences. Sometimes referred to as the Princeps mathematicorum (Latin for “the foremost of mathematicians”) and “the greatest mathematician since antiquity”, Gauss had an exceptional influence in many fields of mathematics and science, and is ranked among history’s most influential mathematicians.

DEATH: On 23 February 1855, Gauss died of a heart attack in Göttingen (then Kingdom of Hanover and now Lower Saxony); he is interred in the Albani Cemeterythere. Two people gave eulogies at his funeral: Gauss’s son-in-law Heinrich Ewald, and Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen, who was Gauss’s close friend and biographer. Gauss’s brain was preserved and was studied by Rudolf Wagner, who found its mass to be slightly above average, at 1,492 grams, and the cerebral area equal to 219,588 square millimeters (340.362 square inches). Highly developed convolutions were also found, which in the early 20th century were suggested as the explanation of his genius.

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