Alfred Enneper

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Alfred Enneper (June 14, 1830, Barmen – March 24, 1885 Hanover) was a German mathematician. Enneper earned his PhD from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 1856, under the supervision of Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, for his dissertation about functions with complex arguments.[1][2][3] After his habilitation in 1859 in Göttingen, he was from 1870 on Professor (Extraordinarius) at Göttingen.[3]

He studied minimal surfaces and parametrized Enneper's minimal surfaces in 1864. A contemporary of Karl Weierstrass, the two created a whole class of parameterizations, the Enneper–Weierstrass parameterization.[4][5]


  1. ^ Ernst, Thomas (2012), A Comprehensive Treatment of q-Calculus, Springer, p. 56, ISBN 9783034804318.
  2. ^ Alfred Enneper at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b Archives Internationales D'histoire Des Sciences, vol. 118–119, 1987, p. 60, Alfred Enneper (1830-1885; 1859 Dozent and 1870 associate Prof. in Goettingen). Received doctorate 1856 under Dirichlet; Thesis: "Ueber die Funktion π von Gauss mit complexem Argument"..
  4. ^ Baez, John (November 1, 2013), Enneper surface, Visual Insight, American Mathematical Society.
  5. ^ Kilchrist, Myla; Packard, Dave (2012), "The Weierstrass-Enneper Representations", Dynamics at the Horsetooth (PDF), vol. 4.

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