Alexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldt

Prussian Naturalist + Explorer
Born Sep 14, 1769
Hometown Berlin
Died May 6, 1859
Death Place Berlin
Field Geography
Nationality Prussian
Other Names Humboldt, Friedri...

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt was a German geographer, naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.… Read More

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1769 Birth Alexander von Humboldt was born in Berlin in Prussia in 1769. … Read More


1789 - 1790 2 More Events
1792 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1792 and 1797 he was in Vienna; in 1795 he made a geological and botanical tour through Switzerland and Italy.
1794 25 Years Old In 1794 Humboldt was admitted to the famous Weimar coterie and contributed (7 June 1795) to Schiller's new periodical, Die Horen, a philosophical allegory entitled Die Lebenskraft, oder der rhodische Genius.
1796 27 Years Old The death of his mother, on 19 November 1796, set him free. … Read More


1800 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1800, Humboldt and Bonpland left the coast with the purpose of exploring the course of the Orinoco River and its tributaries. … Read More
…  After six weeks, Humboldt set sail for Europe from the mouth of the Delaware and landed at Bordeaux on 3 August 1804. … Read More
1808 39 Years Old Humboldt was now one of the most famous men in Europe. The acclaimed American painter Rembrandt Peale painted him during his European stay, between 1808 and 1810, as one of the most prominent figures in Europe at the time. … Read More


1810 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1810. … Read More
1814 45 Years Old In 1814 he accompanied the allied sovereigns to London. … Read More


1822 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Humboldt was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1822.
1827 58 Years Old On 12 May 1827, he settled permanently in Berlin, where his first efforts were directed towards the furtherance of the science of terrestrial magnetism. … Read More
1828 59 Years Old The meeting at Berlin, on 18 September 1828, of a newly formed scientific association, of which he was elected president, gave him the opportunity of setting on foot an extensive system of research in combination with his diligent personal observations.


1829 60 Years Old 1 More Event
His appeal to the Russian government, in 1829, led to the establishment of a line of magnetic and meteorological stations across northern Asia. … Read More
1830 61 Years Old Between 1830 and 1848 Humboldt was frequently employed in diplomatic missions to the court of King Louis Philippe of France, with whom he always maintained the most cordial personal relations.
1835 66 Years Old Humboldt's brother, Wilhelm, died on 8 April 1835. … Read More
1840 71 Years Old Upon the accession of the crown prince Frederick William IV in June 1840, Humboldt's favour at court increased. … Read More
1857 88 Years Old On 24 February 1857, Humboldt suffered a minor stroke, which passed without perceptible symptoms.
1858 89 Years Old It was not until the winter of 1858–1859 that his strength began to decline; on 6 May 1859, he died peacefully in Berlin, aged 89. … Read More
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