List of things named after Carl Friedrich 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. The English eponymous adjective Gaussian is pronounced /ˈɡsiən/ GOWSS-i-ən.[1]


Algebra and linear algebra

Geometry and differential geometry

Number theory

Cyclotomic fields

Analysis, numerical analysis, vector calculus and calculus of variations

Complex analysis and convex analysis


Gaussian function and topics named for it

Knot theory

Other mathematical areas



Classical mechanics

Quantum mechanics


Awards and recognitions

Place names and expedition named in his honour

Institutions named in his honour

Other things named for him


  1. Wells, John (2008). Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.). Pearson Longman. ISBN 978-1-4058-8118-0.
  2. Andersson, L. E.; Whitaker, E. A., (1982). NASA Catalogue of Lunar Nomenclature. NASA RP-1097.
  3. Wendland, H., 1865. Ueber die neue Palmengatung Gaussia. Nachr. Königl. Ges. Wiss. Georg-Augusts-Univ. 1865.
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