Did Riemann get a Ph.D from the University of Berlin? Or did Riemann get his Ph.D from the University of Göttingen? I thought he had acquired it from the University of Berlin, but when I found out that his doctoral advisor was Gauss, I had doubts.


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Math genealogy says Bernhard Riemann received the Dr. phil. degree in 1851 from Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen. His advisor was C. F. Gauß . Dissertation title: "Grundlagen für eine allgemeine Theorie der Funktionen einer veränderlichen complexen Größe"
Trans: "Foundations for a general theory of functions of a variable complex quantity"

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    $\begingroup$ A scan of Riemann's PhD thesis is available via Google. According to the cover page the defense took place on December 16, 1851. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Commented Jun 4 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ Your translation of the thesis title is very literal. In modern language one could also say 'of a complex variable' without changing the intended meaning. $\endgroup$
    – quarague
    Commented Jun 7 at 7:26
  • $\begingroup$ I assumed that "variable complex quantity" would be more in tune with the (minimal) previous use of complex numbers as of 1851. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7 at 14:02

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