Christian Ludwig Gerling (1788-1864)
|Died||15 January 1864 (aged 75)|
|Alma mater||University of Göttingen|
|Known for||Geodetic triangulations|
|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.
- Schaeffer C, ed. Briefwechsel zwischen Carl Friedrich Gauss und Christian Ludwig Gerling. Berlin, Otto Elsner; 1927 (reviewed DE Smith (1928) Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 34: 665–666)