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Alexander von Humboldt

male / German
painter, draftsman, print artist, scientist
He was a Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science. (Wikipedia)
Berlin 1769-09-14
Berlin 1859-05-06
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son of Alexander Georg von Humboldt, a major in the service of the Duke of Brunswick and after 1763 Royal Chamberlain in Berlin, and of his second wife, Maria Elisabeth Colomb; they had three children: a daughter who died young and Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835), who became Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist and Alexander. After the death of their father in 1779, the mother took over the education of the sons
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  • Frankfurt an der Oder 1787
    studied finances at the University
  • Göttingen (Hessen) 1789
    On April 25, 1789, he matriculated at Göttingen; here he met Georg Forster, with whom he travelled through Europe (Wikipedia)
  • Engeland 1789
    with Georg Forster (Wikipedia)
  • Nederland 1789
    with Georg Forster (Wikipedia)
  • Frankrijk 1789
    with Georg Forster (Wikipedia)
  • Hamburg 1791 - 1792
    studied foreign languages at the University
  • Freiberg (Sachsen) 1791 - 1792
    Studied geology at Technische Universität Bergakademie; At Freiberg, he met a number of men who were to prove important to him in his later career, including Spaniard Manuel del Rio, who became director of the School of Mines the crown established in Mexico; Christian Leopold von Buch, who became a regional geologist; and, most importantly, Karl Freiesleben, who became Humboldt's tutor and close friend. (Wikipedia)
  • Bayreuth 1792 - 1799
    was appointed Inspector in the Department of Mines
  • Wenen 1792
    He would visit Vienna a second time in 1797 (Wikipedia)
  • Jena 1793
    First contact with Goethe in Jena; Humboldt would return many times to Jena to meet Goethe, who would come from Weimar
  • Parijs 1799
    After the death of his mother in 1796 he could indulge in his wish to travel. He first went to Paris, where his brother Wilhelm was then living. Here he met with Aimé Bonpland, the botanist and physician. With him he travelled to Marseille, hoping to go to Egypt; when this proved impossible, they went to Madrid
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1799
    In Madrid, Humboldt sought authorization to travel to Spain's realms in the Americas; this was almost never granted to a non-Spaniard
  • La Coruña 1799-06-05
    Leaving for South America
  • Tenerife (eiland) 1799
    First stop for 6 days
  • Venezuela 1799 - 1804
    explorations along the Orinoco River to the border of Portuguese Brazil; 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.
  • Cuba 1800-12-09 - 1801-03-30
    with Bonpland
  • Colombia 1801
  • Quito (Ecuador) 1802-01-06
  • Lima (Peru)
    with reaching Lima they reached their southern most point during this trip
  • Mexico 1803-02-15
  • Mexico City 1803 - 1804
    From Mexicio City he travelled extensively through Mexico
  • Cuba 1804
  • Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 1804
    Humboldt arrived from Cuba in Philadelphia
  • Washington (D.C.) 1804
    meeting president Jefferson
  • Delaware (staat) 1804 - 1804-06
    he left the USA for Europe
  • Bordeaux 1804-08-03
    arriving in Europe
  • Berlijn 1827-05-12
    On 12 May 1827, he settled permanently in Berlin,
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Creation date: 1992-01-11; Last modified date: 2021-07-29


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