Alexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a nature researcher and explorer, universal genius and cosmopolitan, scientist and patron. His lengthy Latin American journey from 1799 to 1804 was celebrated as the second scientific discovery of South America. Members of natural science disciplines such as physical geography, climatology, ecology or oceanography see Humboldt as their founder. The masterpiece of his advanced years, the five-volume "Cosmos. Draft of a Physical Description of the World," has remained unique in its comprehensive approach.

Alexander von Humboldt not only invested his inheritance in his own studies but also selflessly sponsored other young scholars and talents, among them Justus von Liebig and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

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Selected Literature

  • The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt's New World
    Andrea Wulf, Knopf 2015
  • Alexander von Humboldts Reise durchs Baltikum nach Rußland und Sibirien 1829
    aufgezeichnet von Hanno Beck, 2. Verb. Aufl. Stuttgart: Thienemann 1984
  • Alexander von Humboldts Amerikanische Reise
    aufgezeichnet von Hanno Beck, Stuttgart: Thienemann 1985
  • Alexander von Humboldt, Biographie eines großen Forschungsreisenden
    Douglas Botting, 4. Edition, München: Prestel 1989
  • Humboldt and the Cosmos
    Douglas Botting, München/New York: Prestel 1994
  • Alexander von Humboldt.
    Alfred Gebauer
  • Forschungsreisender, Geograph, Naturforscher
    Berlin: Stapp 1987
  • Alexander von Humboldt,
    Adolf Meyer-Abich, Hamburg: Rowohlt 1967 (rm 131)
  • Die amerikanische Reise. Auf den Spuren Alexander von Humboldts
    Loren A. McIntyre, 2. Edition, Hamburg: Gruner + Jahr 1986
  • Alexander von Humboldt und seine Zeit
    Helmut de Terra, 2. Edition, Wiesbaden: Brockhaus 1959
  • "Zur Freiheit bestimmt. Alexander von Humboldt – eine hebräische Lebensbeschreibung"
    including an essay about "Alexander von Humboldt und die Juden" by Peter Honigmann, edited by Kurt-Jürgen Maaß
    Chaim Selig Slonimski, Bonn: Bouvier Verlag 1997