Alexander von Humboldt was the world's geoscientific superstar in his own lifetime.
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (born 14 September 1769 in Berlin; died 6 May 1859 also in Berlin) was a German naturalist whose influence extended far beyond Europe. In his complete works, which he produced over more than seven decades, he created “a new state of knowledge and a new reflective level of knowledge about the world” and became a co-founder of geography as an empirical science. He was the younger brother of Wilhelm von Humboldt.
His research trips lasted several years and took him to Latin America, the USA and Central Asia. He conducted scientific field studies in physics, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, volcanology, botany, vegetation geography, zoology, climatology, oceanography and astronomy, and on issues involving economic geography, ethnology and demography. He also corresponded through his published work with internationally distinguished specialists in these disciplines and thereby created a unique scientific network.
He achieved extraordinary popularity in Germany with his Ansichten der Natur und dem Kosmos (Views of nature and the cosmos). His reputation, which was already high during his lifetime, is reflected in the descriptions of him, such as “the second Columbus”, “the scientific rediscoverer of America”, “the prince of science” and (on a commemorative coin issued by the Paris Academy of Sciences) “the new Aristotle”. He was admitted to a lot of domestic and foreign academies.
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'The general character of nature is goodness in greatness.'
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), a German naturalist and the founder of physical geography.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LANDSCAPES AND NATURAL MONUMENTS ON EARTH
Volume 1 - Southern Europe
Volume 2 - Australia and Oceania
Volume 3 - Western Europe
Volume 4 - Central Europe
Volume 5 - North-West and Central Africa
Volume 6 - North America
Volume 7 - Central and South America
Volume 8 - Southern Africa
Volume 9 - South & Southeast Asia
Volume 10 - North, Near-East, Central and East Asia
Volume 11 - East Africa and the Indian Ocean
Volume 12 - North and North-East Europe