List of things named after Carl Friedrich Gauss

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German 10-Deutsche Mark Banknote (1993; discontinued) featuring Gauss

Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855) is the eponym of all of the topics listed below. There are over 100 topics all named after this German mathematician and scientist, all in the fields of mathematics, physics, and astronomy.


Various Gaussian curvatures

Algebra and linear algebra[edit]

Geometry and differential geometry[edit]

Gauss map

Number theory[edit]

Gaussian moat

Cyclotomic fields[edit]

Analysis, numerical analysis, vector calculus and calculus of variations[edit]

Comparison between 2-point Gaussian and trapezoidal quadrature.
Comparison between 2-point Gaussian and trapezoidal quadrature.

Complex analysis and convex analysis[edit]


Gaussian copula

Gaussian function and topics named for it[edit]

Gaussian curve with a 2-dimensional domain

Knot theory[edit]

Linking integral

Other mathematical areas[edit]


Gaussian grid points


Classical mechanics[edit]


Gauss gun

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Place names and expedition named in his honor[edit]

The Gaußberg in Brunswick, Germany with the Gauss memorial in front

Institutions named in his honor[edit]

  • The Carl-Friedrich-Gauß School for Mathematics, Computer Science, Business Administration, Economics, and Social Sciences of Braunschweig University of Technology
  • The Carl-Friedrich-Gauss Gymnasium (a school for grades 5–13) in Worms, Germany

Other things named for him[edit]

  • Gaussia, a palm genus described by Hermann Wendland with the then new species Gaussia princeps, collected by Charles Wright in western Cuba. Named in “memoriam astronomi Caroli Friderici Gauss”.[2]
  • Gaussia, a genus of copepods
  • Gaussian, a computational chemistry software program
  • GAUSS, a matrix programming language for mathematics and statistics


  1. ^ Andersson, L. E.; Whitaker, E. A., (1982). NASA Catalogue of Lunar Nomenclature. NASA RP-1097.
  2. ^ Wendland, H., 1865. Ueber die neue Palmengatung Gaussia. Nachr. Königl. Ges. Wiss. Georg-Augusts-Univ. 1865.