Gauss Tomb

10th Stop

Carl Friedrich Gauss, princeps mathematicorum (Prince or First of Mathematics) was the most important personality in science in Goettingen of the 19th century. 
Having studied from 1795 to 1798 at the Georgia Augusta, he already was a well-known mathematician when he came back to Goettingen in 1807 as professor of astronomy and director of the observatory. Here, he was devoted to the studies of astronomy, land survey, the exploration of geomagnetism and differential-geometric problems.


In 1833, Gauss, together with his friend an colleague Wilhelm Weber, invented the world’s first electro-magnetic telegraph. On 23rd February 1855 he died at the age of 87 in his apartment in the observatory. During his lifetime, his first wife and his mother were buried at the grave-site.