Carl Friedrich Gauss Medal

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The Carl Friedrich Gauß Medal is an undoped honor for outstanding scientific achievements donated by the Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (BWG) in 1949 . It is awarded annually in memory of Carl Friedrich Gauß (1777–1855).


The medal is made of bronze and has a diameter of 90 mm and a thickness of 8 mm. On the front it bears a picture of Gauß's head with the inscription “Carl Friedrich Gauß, geb. to Braunschweig 04/30/1777 “; the reverse bears the inscription "Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft" and in the middle the words "pro summis litterarum meritis". The name of the holder and the date of the award are engraved on the edge of the medal . The Gauss medal includes a leather case and a certificate with a portfolio in which the special scientific merits of the holder are recognized.


All members of the BWG are entitled to make proposals with a brief explanation by November 1st at the latest. The area or “class chairmen” take advice on this and any expert opinions obtained and report to the President, who, after all documents have been received, convenes a council for the final decision.

The medal will be presented by the President at the public, solemn annual general meeting. The honoree should take this opportunity to present his scientific work. The medal is not awarded to members of society.

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