## Gustav Roch

PhD student - University of Göttingen

Born in Leipzig, Roch attended the Polytechnic Institute (Technische Bildungsanstalt) in Dresden, initially focusing on chemistry, encouraged by his father. However the mathematician Oscar Schlömilch identified his exceptional talents and guided him towards a mathematical career. Combining studies at the Polytechnic Institute with private studies at another institute enabled Roch to be already publishing original research on the mathematical theory of electromagnetism from 1859.

Later in 1859, Roch entered the University of Leipzig, coming under the influence of August Ferdinand Möbius, and continuing his work on electromagnetism. In 1861, Roch went to work at the University of Göttingen, studying under Wilhelm Eduard Weber, but also attending lectures by Bernhard Riemann. After three terms in Göttingen, Roch went to the University of Berlin, where he met Leopold Kronecker, Karl Weierstrass and others. In 1862 he was awarded a magister artium degree from Leipzig and later a doctorate for his work on electromagnetism.