August Ferdinand Möbius
17 November 1790
|Died||26 September 1868 77) (aged|
|Alma mater|| University of Leipzig |
University of Göttingen
University of Halle
|Known for|| Möbius strip |
Möbius inversion formula
|Institutions||University of Leipzig|
|Doctoral advisor||Johann Pfaff|
|Other academic advisors|| Carl Friedrich Gauss |
|Doctoral students||Otto Wilhelm Fiedler|
|Other notable students||Hermann Hankel|
August Ferdinand Möbius ( UK: // , US: /-, -/ ; German: [ˈmøːbi̯ʊs] ; 17 November 1790 – 26 September 1868) was a German mathematician and theoretical astronomer.
Möbius was born in Schulpforta, Electorate of Saxony, and was descended on his mother's side from religious reformer Martin Luther.He was home-schooled until he was 13, when he attended the College in Schulpforta in 1803, and studied there, graduating in 1809. He then enrolled at the University of Leipzig, where he studied astronomy under the mathematician and astronomer Karl Mollweide. In 1813, he began to study astronomy under the mathematically inclined professor Carl Friedrich Gauss at the University of Göttingen, while Gauss was the director of the Göttingen Observatory. From there, he went to study with Carl Gauss's instructor, Johann Pfaff, at the University of Halle, where he completed his doctoral thesis The occultation of fixed stars in 1815. In 1816, he was appointed as Extraordinary Professor to the "chair of astronomy and higher mechanics" at the University of Leipzig. Möbius died in Leipzig in 1868 at the age of 77. His son Theodor was a noted philologist.
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