Alexander von Humboldt

Scientist, Academic

1769 – 1859

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Who was Alexander von Humboldt?

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.

Between 1799 and 1804, Humboldt travelled extensively in Latin America, exploring and describing it for the first time from a modern scientific point of view. His description of the journey was written up and published in an enormous set of volumes over 21 years. He was one of the first to propose that the lands bordering the Atlantic Ocean were once joined. Later, his five-volume work, Kosmos, attempted to unify the various branches of scientific knowledge. Humboldt supported and worked with other scientists, including Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac, Justus von Liebig, Louis Agassiz, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Georg von Neumayer, and most notably, Aimé Bonpland, with whom he conducted much of his scientific exploration.

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Born
Sep 14, 1769
Berlin
Also known as
  • Alexander Von Humboldt
Siblings
Nationality
  • Germany
  • Prussia
Profession
Education
  • University of Göttingen
Lived in
  • Berlin
Died
May 6, 1859
Berlin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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