Christian Ludwig Gerling

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Christian Gerling
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Christian Ludwig Gerling (1788-1864)
Born (1788-07-10)July 10, 1788
Died January 15, 1864(1864-01-15) (aged 75)
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Known for Geodetic triangulations
Scientific career
Fields Physicist and astronomer
Institutions University of Marburg
Doctoral advisor Carl Friedrich Gauss
Doctoral students Julius Plücker

Christian Ludwig Gerling (10 July 1788 – 15 January 1864) studied under Carl Friedrich Gauss, obtaining his doctorate in 1812 for a thesis entitled: Methodi proiectionis orthographicae usum ad calculos parallacticos facilitandos explicavit simulque eclipsin solarem die, at the University of Göttingen. He is notable for his work on geodetics and in 1927 some 60 letters of correspondence between Gerling and Gauss on the topic were published. He is also notable as the doctoral advisor of Julius Plücker.

Gerling, whose father was also called Christian Ludwig Gerling and was a pastor at the St. Jacobi church, was born in Hamburg and attended the Johanneum. In 1817, he became professor of mathematics at the University of Marburg.


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Gerling's 12-Piece Dissection of an Irregular Tetrahedron into Its Mirror Image