Alfred Clebsch


Rudolf Friedrich Alfred Clebsch (19 January 1833 – 7 November 1872) was a German mathematician who made important contributions to algebraic geometry and invariant theory. He attended the University of Königsberg and was habilitated at Berlin. He subsequently taught in Berlin and Karlsruhe. His collaboration with Paul Gordan in Giessen led to the introduction of Clebsch–Gordan coefficients for spherical harmonics, which are now widely used in quantum mechanics.

Alfred Clebsch
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Rudolf Friedrich Alfred Clebsch
Born(1833-01-19)19 January 1833
Died7 November 1872(1872-11-07) (aged 39)
Alma materUniversity of Königsberg
Known forClebsch graph
Clebsch representation
Clebsch surface
Clebsch–Gordan coefficients
Legendre–Clebsch condition
AwardsPrix Poncelet (1868)[1]
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorFranz Ernst Neumann
Doctoral studentsGottlob Frege
Alexander von Brill

Together with Carl Neumann at Göttingen, he founded the mathematical research journal Mathematische Annalen in 1868.

In 1883 Saint-Venant translated Clebsch's work on elasticity into French and published it as Théorie de l'élasticité des Corps Solides.

Books by A. ClebschEdit

  • Vorlesungen über Geometrie (Teubner, Leipzig, 1876-1891) edited by Ferdinand Lindemann.
  • Théorie der binären algebraischen Formen (Teubner, 1872)
  • Theorie der Abelschen Functionen with P. Gordan (B. G. Teubner, 1866)
  • Theorie der Elasticität fester Körper (B. G. Teubner, 1862)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Prix". Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences. Vol. Tomes LXII à XCI, 2 Janvier 1866 à 27 Décembre 1880. Paris: Gauthier-Villars. 1888. p. 1457.

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