Carl Friedrich Gauss

Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen wrote this biography of his close friend, Carl Friedrich Gauss, the most important mathematician since the Greeks.  

This biography, published upon the death of Carl Friedrich Gauss, is viewed as Gauss’s biography as Gauss wished it to be told. It is also the source of one of the most famous mathematical quotes: Mathematics is the queen of the sciences.[3] and the famous story of Gauss as a young boy quickly finding the sum of a long string of consecutive numbers[4]

When Gauss died in Göttingen, two individuals gave eulogies at his funeral: Gauss’s son-in-law Heinrich Ewald, and Waltershausen who represented the faculty in Göttingen.

Wolf was named after Goethe.

Read about Wolfgang von Waltershausen on Wikipedia.