GEORG FRIEDRICH BERNHARD RIEMANN (1826-1866), German mathematician, was born on the 17th of September [[Xxiii.
His father, Friedrich Bernhard Riemann, came from Mecklenburg, had served in the war of freedom, and had finally settled as pastor in Quickborn.
Here with his five brothers and sisters Riemann spent his boyhood and received, chiefly from his father, the elements of his education.
The director, Schmalfuss, encouraged him in his mathematical studies by lending him books (among them Leonhard Euler's works and Adrien Marie Legendre's Theory of Numbers), which Riemann read, mastered and returned within a few days.
In 1846 Riemann entered himself as a student of philology and theology in the university of GÃ¶ttingen.