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# A Biography of August Ferdinand Mobius Born in Schulpforta, Germany

August Ferdinand Mbius was born on November 17 1790 in Schulpforta Germany Then called Saxony He was the only child of Johann Heinrich Mobius a dancing teacher She was related to the famous Martin Luther the man responsible for writing the document known as the 96 Thesis Mbius himself was home schooled until he was thirteen Showing an avid interest in mathematics he went to college in Schulpforta Germany in 1803 When Mbius graduated from college in 1809 he became a student at the university of Leipzig Here he started to study law against the will of his family However halfway through his first year he realized that law did not fit his interests He then switched to the study of mathematics physics and astronomy During his time in college some well-known mathematicians and astronomers influenced Mbius It is said that his greatest influence was that of Karl Mollweide his astronomy teacher Mollweide is known for the trigonometric relations he discovered in 1807 Mbius then went to Gttingen Germany in 1813 Here he studied under Carl Friedrich Gauss Gauss like Mollweide was also an astronomer However Gauss main interests were mathematical From Gttingen Mbius went to Halle and studied under Johann Pfaff Gauss teacher Pfaff taught him mainly mathematics By the end of his studies Mbius had established firm roots in both mathematics and astronomy In 1816 Mbius was appointed to the chair of astronomy at Leipzig He hoped to soon become a full professor However his hopes were abolished when it became clear that Mbius ability to give an interesting lecture was not quite up to par In fact he had to advertise his lectures as being free just to get people to come to them He was however offered other jobs as a proffessor in both mathematics and astronomy at other schools He turned these jobs down due to his loyalty to Leipzig In 1844 Mobius was offered professorship at the University of

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