Christian Samuel Weiss
|A.K.A.||Christian Samuel Weiß|
|Was||Scientist Physicist Professor Educator Chemist Mineralogist Mathematician Crystallographer|
|From||Holy Roman Empire|
|Type||Academia Mathematics Science|
|Birth||26 February 1780, Leipzig, Germany|
|Death||1 October 1856, Cheb, Czech Republic (aged 76 years)|
Christian Samuel Weiss (26 February 1780 – 1 October 1856) was a German mineralogist born in Leipzig. Following graduation, he worked as a physics instructor in Leipzig from 1803 until 1808. and in the meantime, conducted geological studies of mountain formations in Tyrol, Switzerland and France (1806–08). In 1810 he became a professor of mineralogy at the University of Berlin, where in 1818/19 and 1832/33, he served as university rector. He died near Eger in Bohemia. Weiss is credited for creating parameters of modern crystallography, and was instrumental in making it a branch of mathematical science. He stressed the significance of direction in crystals, considering crystallographic axes to be a possible basis for classification of crystals. He is credited for introducing the categorization schema of crystal systems, and has a basic law of crystallography named after him called the "Weiss zone law". Relief of Christian Samuel Weiss at the entrance of the Naturkundemuseum in Berlin-Mitte.
Works by Weiss that have been translated into English
"On the methodical and natural distribution of the different systems of crystallisation" Edinburgh : Printed for A. Constable, 1823. "On the crystallographic discoveries and systems of Mohs and Weiss" (with Friedrich Mohs); Edinburgh : Printed for A. Constable, 1823.