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  Alexander von Humboldt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt, (September 14, 1769, Berlin – May 6, 1859, Berlin), was a Prussian naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt.
Von Humboldt's father, who was a major in the Prussian army, belonged to a prominent Pomeranian family and was rewarded for his services during the Seven Years' War with the post of Royal Chamberlain.
Humboldt may justly be regarded as having in this memorable expedition laid the foundation in their larger bearings of the sciences of physical geography and meteorology.
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Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron von Humboldt, (September 14, 1769, Berlin - May 6, 1859, Berlin), was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt.
Von Humboldt's father, who was a major in the Prussian army, belonged to a Pomeranian family of consideration, and was rewarded for his services during the Seven Years' War with the post of royal chamberlain.
There Humboldt observed, on the night of the 12-13th of November, that remarkable meteor shower which forms the starting-point of our acquaintance with the periodicity of the phenomenon; thence he proceeded with Bonpland to Caracas; and in February 1800 he left the coast for the purpose of exploring the course of the Orinoco River.
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 Wilhelm von Humboldt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wilhelm von Humboldt was a philosopher of note and published On the Limits of State Action in 1810, the boldest defence of the liberties of the Enlightenment.
Von Humboldt's pioneering work has been superseded in its details by modern linguistics and archaeology, but is sometimes still uncritically followed even today.
Von Humboldt died while still preparing on his greatest work, on the ancient Kawi language of Java, but its introduction was published in 1836 as The Heterogeneity of Language and its Influence on the Intellectual Development of Mankind.
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 Alexander von Humboldt and the Casiquiare River
One of Humboldt's servants reported that he drank from it everyday, "and Humboldt, not to be outdone … filled a calabash with the white thick liquid, raised the gourd to his eyes in a mock toast, … then took a deep draught." Bonpland just stared in disbelief.
Humboldt was then able to conduct his experiments, noting that most eels ranged from three to five feet long, were cylindrical in cross-section, devoid of scales, and had one long fin on their backs from head to tail.
Humboldt and Bonpland were able to make several other scientific observations specific to the Casiquiare, which include that the shores were composed of excellent soil of "granitic sand, of a flish-brown colour," more fertile than that of the Negro, where rice, beans, cotton, and sugar could all be grown.
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 Baron Alexander Von Humboldt - The Great Unknown, The Great Explorers
Alexander Von Humboldt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1769.
Alexander Von Humboldt, the last "universal man", whose ambitious aim was to discover "the laws which wind a uniting bond round a multitude of isolated fact".
Alexander was later invited to Russia by the Tsar and after exploring the nation and describing discoveries such as permafrost, he recommended that Russia establish weather observatories across the country.
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Humboldt was the son of an officer in the army of Frederick the Great.
The conviction had grown in Humboldt that his real aim in life was scientific exploration, and in 1797 he resigned from his post to acquire with great single-mindedness a thorough knowledge of the systems of geodetic, meteorological, and geomagnetic measurements.
Humboldt's means by then were almost completely exhausted; unable to maintain his financial independence, he had to return to Berlin, where the King impatiently demanded his presence at court.
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 Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Alexander von Humboldt
Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron von Humboldt, (September 14, 1769, Berlin–May 6, 1859, Berlin), was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt.
As a result of his explorations, von Humboldt described many geographical features and species of life that were hitherto unknown to Europeans.
Their stay there was marked by the ascent of Pichincha and Chimborazo, and concluded with an expedition to the sources of the Amazon en route for Lima.
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 Humboldt, Alexander, Freiherr von - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
HUMBOLDT, ALEXANDER, FREIHERR VON [Humboldt, Alexander, Freiherr von], 1769-1859, German naturalist and explorer.
He ascended peaks in the Peruvian Andes to study the relation of temperature and altitude, made observations leading to the discovery of meteor shower periodicity, and investigated the fertilizing properties of guano.
Humboldt established the use of isotherms in map making; studied the origin and course of tropical storms, the increase in magnetic intensity from the equator toward the poles, and volcanology; and made pioneer investigations on the relationship between geographical environment and plant distribution.
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 Rocky Road: Alexander von Humboldt
Born in Berlin in 1769, Humboldt studied at the universities of Frankfurt and Göttingen, and at the mining academy of Freiburg in Saxony.
Humboldt was convinced that mechanical and chemical forces worked together in perfect harmony to sustain nature, but he wanted to identify those forces.
Humboldt championed the development of topographic maps, which indicate the height as well as spatial distribution of landforms.
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 EGU - Alexander von Humboldt
Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1769, right in the middle of the Frederick the Grand reign.
Humboldt was the first to appreciate the wide diversity of life in the tropics and consequently was the first to understand biodiversity in the world.
Afterwards, when he was seventy-six, Humboldt began to write his comprehensive work “Cosmos”, his masterpiece, in which he tried to resume all knowledge about the world known by then.
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 Alexander von Humboldt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Alexander von Humboldt was once described as the "last universal scholar in the field of the natural sciences." Naturalist, botanist, zoologist, author, cartographer, artist and sociologist-- but a few of the many talents possessed by this great explorer.
In Germany, Alexander von Humboldt is commemorated in a few places; most notably, in front of the Humboldt University in Berlin, and on the Humboldt grave in Tegel.
Alexander von Humboldt had only one six-week stay in the United States during his lifetime, as a guest of President Thomas Jefferson in Washington, but his impact is noticeable throughout North America.
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 Alexander Humboldt
Humboldt's description of the island, which brings together the fields of anthropology, geography, agriculture, demographics, commerce, and communications, provides a context in which to trace the history of Cuba-U.S. relations as well as a basis for modern Cuban studies.
The Alexander von Humboldt Association of America (AvHAA) is open to all Humboldtians (those who are or have been Humboldt Prize awardees, Humboldt Research fellows, German Chancellor scholars, Max Planck awardees and Feodor Lynen fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung) in the United States of America.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation.
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 The Book of Mormon and the Writings of Alexander von Humboldt
Von Humboldt is particularly important because he is one of the few sources theoretically available to Joseph Smith (via English translations or via Ethan Smith) that dealt with Mesoamerica, the region that is now widely viewed as the only plausible candidate for the location of Book of Mormon civilizations.
Von Humboldt was focused on the scientific aspects of the Americas, measuring almost everything, and reporting at great length the intricate details of the plants, animals, terrain, and climate he encountered.
Von Humboldt notes that the details of the ancient people and their monuments are outside the scope of his work, which certainly accords with the light and passing treatment he gives them, being much more interested in the plants, animals, and current population.
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 Alexander von Humboldt's Letter
A pioneer in the areas of meteorology and of physical geography, Humboldt drew the first isothermal map and discovered the decrease in the earth’s magnetic force from poles to equator.
Humboldt’s voyage to South America, his longest both in time and in distance, began in Spain in June of 1799 and took him to Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico; he returned to Europe in August of 1804.
Von Humboldt did not want to leave the beauty of the islands with their apricots and flowers and thousand-year-old forests.
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 Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) - German naturalist and explorer - biography
Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron von Humboldt, (1769 - 1859), was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt.
At Callao, Humboldt observed the transit of Mercury on 9.
It was not until the winter of 1858-1859 that his strength began to decline, and on the ensuing 6.
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 Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Profil
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - established in Berlin in 1860 in memory of the eminent scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt - devoted itself until 1923 to financing foreign research by German academics.
At the suggestion of former Humboldt guest-researchers, the Foundation was re-established on December 10, 1953 by the Federal Republic of Germany (as an independent Foundation under private law), registered in Bonn-Bad Godesberg.
The Board of Governors of the Humboldt Foundation includes in addition to the President of the Humboldt Foundation, the President of the major self-administrative organs of research in Germany, the President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and three Federal Ministers.
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 Art and Exhibition Hall - Exhibitions - Alexander von Humboldt - Networks of Knowledge
This room deals with the enormous influence on the brothers, Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt: teachers and persons of respect, the circle involving the Berlin Enlightenment, especially the Jewish salons; the first educational journeys with Georg Forster, meetings with the botanist Karl Ludwig Willdenow, Christoph Lichtenberg, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller and others.
Humboldt not only carried out Luigi Galvanis’ s famous frog leg experiment, he also attempted to examine the reaction of nerves and muscle fibers in his own body.
The thematic focus of the trip that was concluded in the USA is presented in nine stops: the exploration of the rivers and primeval forests, immorality and oppression, volcano exploration and phytogeography, and the "search for gold that bordered on insanity".
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 David McCullough - "Brave Companions: Portraits in History" - profiles of exceptional men and women
Humboldt, Kansas, and Humboldt, Iowa, were still prairie grass, part of that incomprehensibly vast piece of the continent purchased by Jefferson from Napoleon only the year before and that Jefferson had just sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to investigate.
Humboldt and Bonpland had by now been in the mountains long enough to know what they were about and to be in exceptional physical condition.
Humboldt, during his travels, had never set foot anywhere on the isthmus, and this he plainly acknowledged, but he was taken as the irrefutable voice of authority all the same.
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 Alexander von Humboldt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin, Germany on September 14, 1769, and died in Berlin on May 6, 1859.
In addition, Humboldt was a diplomat and was sent on several missions to European courts.
Humboldt was a leading European figure of his day, considered second only to Napoleon in influence.
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 Amazon.com: Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We Se: Books: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But in his time, Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an explorer and scientist of unparalleled fame, whose work largely inspired Charles Darwin and influenced the course of a number of scientific disciplines ranging from geology to meteorology.
Supported by an inheritance and buddy Aime Bonpland, von Humboldt set forth initially to investigate a geographical controversy (Did the Orinoco River connect with the Amazon?) but wowed the world largely with his discoveries in botany, zoology, and geology.
Humboldt was a universal scientific genius who was also a genuine explorer into the wild.
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 BookRags: Alexander von Humboldt Biography
Humboldt was born in Berlin, the son of a Prussian army officer and a Huguenot (French Protestant) mother.
Humboldt resided in Paris from 1805 to 1827, enjoying a cosmopolitan lifestyle that allowed him to associate with many of his fellow scientists.
Humboldt spent his later years in Berlin, where he had become quite a notable figure.
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 BookRags: Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt, Baron Biography
Of German and French Huguenot parentage, Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin on Sept. 14, 1769.
Alexander never married but derived great happiness from friendships with colleagues and others and also from his brother's friendly household.
Humboldt studied at the universities of Frankfurt an der Oder and Göttingen from 1787 and later went to the School of Mines at Freiburg in Saxony.
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 Natural History Exhibit Chronological Tour - Alexander von Humboldt
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) began his career in the Prussian Department of Mines, but hoped to be a scientific explorer.
Humboldt published the results of the journey in Paris over a period of 29 years.
Alexander von Humboldt Voyage de Humboldt et Bonpland.
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