Von Humboldt, Alexander, 1769-1859

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Birth 1769-09-14
Death 1859-05-06
German, Spanish; Castilian, English, French

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Born in Berlin, Germany, and educated at the universities of Frankfurt and Göttingen, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most prominent European figures of his age. His fame largely derived from his scientific expedition in Latin America between 1799 and 1804, which resulted in numerous discoveries, particularly related to physical geography and meteorology. Notably, he spent 1803 in New Spain (present day Mexico) conducting a census of the territory.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. "About the Foundation - Alexander von Humboldt." Accessed June 20, 2011

From the guide to the Humboldt, Alexander von, Papers, [ca. 1803, 1824, 1878], (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)


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