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Humboldt Year 2019

Humboldt Year 2019

Chromolithography “Alexander von Humboldt in his Library in Berlin, Oranienburger Str. 67”, Aquarelle, Eduard Hildebrandt, 1856

Alexander von Humboldt was elected member of the Leopoldina in 1793. On the occasion of his 250th anniversary, leading scientific and cultural institutions in Germany joined to organise the Humboldt Year 2019. Among them, the Leopoldina pays tribute to the legacy of this cosmopolitan world scholar. In various events, it remembers Humboldt’s work and highlights its relevance of for today’s science, starting from his research trips to South America and Russia.

Alexander von Humboldt, born on 14 September 1769 in Berlin, was one of those scholars able to establish connections between the movements of the stars in space and the smallest known structures of life, whether terrestrial or underground. He acquired the expertise for his unique understanding of nature at universities and academies in Germany and abroad, but above all, through lifelong learning, constant research and exchange with the greatest scientists of his time.

His expedition to Latin America from 1799 to 1804 made Humboldt famous. His detailed study of nature, of the inhabitants and the cultural history of the visited regions provided Europe a lasting and influential image of the Americas. Another significant research expedition followed in 1829, which led Humboldt upon the request of the Russian Tsar through the Baltic, then to St Petersburg and Moscow, and finally into the Ural Mountains, to Siberia, Central Asia and the Russian-Chinese border.

Humboldt’s influence on philosophy and science was enormous. His extensive research trips provided insights into some of the world’s most unknown regions. His work also provided incentives to think about global relationships, world trade, colonialism, slavery, and global humanity.

We cordially invite you to the events of the Leopoldina during the Humboldt Year 2019 and would be pleased to welcome you in Halle and Berlin.

Events

The Power of Science in a Time of Change, Berlin, 14 May 2019

Humboldt and the Mountains, Halle (Saale), 12 February 2019

CONTACT

Leopoldina

Lucian Brujan

Senior Officer, Department International Relations

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 836
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 839
E-Mail lucian.brujan @leopoldina.org

CONTACT

Leopoldina

Christian Weidlich

Senior Officer, Department International Relations

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 868
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 839
E-Mail christian.weidlich @leopoldina.org