Students, Colleagues, and Friends of Weierstrass

On 31 October 1885 Karl Weierstrass celebrated his 70th birthday. On this occasion, his students, colleagues, and friends presented him a photo album to express their thanks and congratulations.

Many of them had studied in Berlin or, after having finished their studies, came to Berlin to attend lectures by Weierstrass or his colleagues Ernst Kummer and Leopold Kronecker at the Friedrich Wilhelm University. It was thanks to these scientists that Berlin could take an outstanding position in mathematics in the second half of the 19th century.

Georg Cantor

Cantor

1845-1918

  • PhD, supervised by Weierstrass (1867)

Lazarus Fuchs

Fuchs

1833-1902

  • studies in Berlin (1854-58)
  • habilitation, supervised by Weierstrass (1865)

Charles Hermite

Hermite

1822-1901

  • mathematician in Paris
  • called Weierstrass "notre maître à tous"

Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya

Kovalevskaya

1850-1891

  • studies in Berlin (1870-74)
  • student of Weierstrass

Ernst Kummer

Kummer

29.1.1810-14.5.1893

  • born in Sorau
  • studies in Halle
  • 1842 full professor in Breslau
  • 1855 call to Berlin
  • 1865-78 secretary of the Mathematical-Physical Class of the Berlin Academy of Sciences
  • 1868-69 rector of Berlin University

Gösta Mittag-Leffler

Mittag-Leffler

1846-1927

  • studies in Berlin (1874-76)

Carl Runge

Runge

1856-1927

  • studies in Berlin (1877-80)
  • PhD, supervised by Weierstrass (1880)
  • hablitation, supervised by Weierstrass (1883)

Hermann Amandus Schwarz

Schwarz

1843-1921

  • studies in Berlin (1860-66)
  • 1892 successor of Weierstrass

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