Friedrich Bessel

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Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1839 painting).jpg
C. A. Jensen, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, 1839 (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)
Born22 Julie 1784(1784-07-22)
Minden, Minden-Ravensberg (present-day Germany)
Died17 Mairch 1846(1846-03-17) (aged 61)
Königsberg, Proushie (present-day Kaliningrad, Roushie)
ResidenceProushie
NaitionalityProushie (German)
Kent forBessel functions
Stellar parallax
Bessel ellipsoid
AwairdsPhD (Hon):
Varsity o Göttingen (1811)
Lalande Prize (1811)
Gowd Medal o the Ryal Astronomical Society (1829 an 1841)
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomy, mathematics, geodesy
InstitutionsVarsity o Königsberg
Doctoral studentsFriedrich Wilhelm Argelander
InfluencesCarl Friedrich Gauss

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (German: [ˈbɛsəl]; 22 Julie 1784 – 17 Mairch 1846) wis a German astronomer, mathematician, pheesicist an geodesist. He wis the first astronomer wha determined reliable values for the distance frae the sun tae anither starn bi the method o parallax. A special teep o mathematical functions war named Bessel functions efter Bessel's daith, tho thay haed oreeginally been discovered bi Daniel Bernoulli.