Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Also known as
De Humboldt, Alejandro (1769-1859)
Gumbolʹdt, Aleksandr (1769-1859)
Humboldt, A. de (1769-1859)
Humboldt, Alexander, (Freiherr von) (1769-1859)
Humboldt, Alexandre de (1769-1859)
Humboldt, Frédéric-Alexandre (1769-1859)
Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von, (FRS) (1769-1859)
Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von (1769-1859)
Humboldtas, Alexandras von (1769-1859)
von Humboldt, Alexander (1769-1859)
Von Humboldt, Alexander (1769-1859)
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Biographies

Alexander von Humboldt was a renowned German explorer and prolific author. Initially his trips were confined to Europe, but in 1799 he set off for South and Central America where he made some of his most important finds. His discoveries were many and wide ranging and resulted in the creation and advancement of many scientific disciplines. Alexander von Humboldt discovered the fertilizing properties of guano (bat droppings), introduced the concept of isotherms in weather recording, and studied the origin and course of tropical storms as well as the Earth's magnetic fields and volcanoes. However he is probably most well known for his work on the relationship between plant distribution and geographical and environmental factors.

  • Career position - Expedition to England
  • Career position - Expedition to Vienna
  • Career position - Assessor of Mines in Berlin
  • Career position - Geological and botanical survey of Switzerland and Italy
  • Career position - Expedition to Vienna
  • Career position - Expedition to South and Central America
  • Career position - Explored the course of the Orinoco River
  • Career position - published in 23 volumes
  • Life event - Migrated to France (Paris)
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
  • Career position - Expedition to Russian Asia
  • Award - Councillor in Berlin title received

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Humboldt, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Alexander von Humbolt, die Natur als "Kosmos" und die Suche nach Einheit: Zur Geschichte von Wissen und seine Wirkung als Raumgeschichte
    Daum, Andreas
    Published: 2000
    Series: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 23, 243-268
  3. Alexander von Humboldt and Ferdinand von Mueller's Argument for the Scientific Botanic Garden
    Jeffries, Stephen
    Published: 1997
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 11, 3, 301-310
  4. Georg von Neumayers geophysikalisches Projekt in Australien und Alexander von Humboldt
    Wiederkehr, K. H. and Schroder, W.
    Published: 1989
    Series: Gesnerus, 46, 83-115
  5. Alexander von Humboldt und Georg von Neumayers geophysikalisches Projekt in Australien
    Wiederkehr, K. H.
    Published: 1988
    Series: Mitteilungen Arbeitskreis Geschichte der Geophysik in der Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft, 7, October, 1-24
  6. Preserving the Humboldt Tradition of Scholarship in Australia: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows
    Finlayson, Trevor R.
    Published: Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, Melbourne, 2012
  7. The Influence of Alexander von Humboldt in Australia
    McMullen, Gabrielle L.
    Published: Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, Melbourne, 2012
    Series: Preserving the Humboldt Tradition of Scholarship in Australia: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, 21-30

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  1. Humboldt-Briefe in Australien : Text und Kommentar / anlasslich einer Regionaltagung der Forschungsstipendiaten der Humboldt-Stiftung in Australien herausgegeben, Melbourne, 23.-25. November, 1983
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    Languages: German
    At 4 libraries
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  2. Alexander von Humboldt : werke, briefe, selbstzeugnisse / auswahl und anordnung Ludwig Sroka
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1959 ]
    Languages: German
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Alexander von Humboldt = Alejandro de Humboldt ... : Festschrift aus Anlass seines 200. Geburtstages / hrsg. im Auftrage d. Kommission fur die A.-v.-Humboldt-Ehrungen 1969 der Deutschen Akad. d. Wissenschaften zu Berlin
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    Languages: German;Spanish, [1 other]
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  4. Alexander von Humboldt, 1769-1859 : Gedenkfeier der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina am 14. September 1969 in Halle (Saale) / Vorträge von I. P. Gerasimov [et al.]
    Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher leopoldina
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    Languages: German
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  5. Dem Leben auf der Spur. : Die biologischen Forschungen Alexander von Humboldts
    Jahn, Ilse
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    Languages: German
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  6. Alexander von Humboldt und das preussische Königshaus : Briefe aus den Jahren 1835-1857 / herausgegeben und erlautert von Conrad Müller
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1928 ]
    Languages: German
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  7. Correspondance inédite scientifique et littéraire / recueillie et publiée par M. De La Roquette
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1869 ]
    Languages: French
    At Barr Smith Library
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  8. Letters of Alexander von Humboldt to Varnhagen von Ense. From 1827 to 1858. With extracts from Varnhagen's diaries, and letters of Varnhagen and others to Humboldt. Tr. from the 2d German ed. by Friedrich Kapp
    Alexander von Humboldt 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1860 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
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  9. Gesprache Alexander von Humboldts / herausgegeben im Auftrage der Alexander von Humboldt-Kommission der deutschen Akademie der Wissenchaften zu Berlin, von Hanno Beck
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1959 ]
    Languages: Multiple languages
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  10. Alexander von Humboldt und die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika : Briefwechsel / herausgegeben von Ingo Schwarz
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    Languages: German;English;French, [2 others]
    Alexander von Humboldt und die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika : Briefwechsel / herausgegeben von Ingo Schwarz
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  1. Humboldt-Briefe in Australien : Text und Kommentar / anlasslich einer Regionaltagung der Forschungsstipendiaten der Humboldt-Stiftung in Australien herausgegeben, Melbourne, 23.-25. November, 1983
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    Languages: German
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  2. Alexander von Humboldt : werke, briefe, selbstzeugnisse / auswahl und anordnung Ludwig Sroka
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1959 ]
    Languages: German
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Alexander von Humboldt = Alejandro de Humboldt ... : Festschrift aus Anlass seines 200. Geburtstages / hrsg. im Auftrage d. Kommission fur die A.-v.-Humboldt-Ehrungen 1969 der Deutschen Akad. d. Wissenschaften zu Berlin
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    Languages: German;Spanish, [1 other]
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  4. Alexander von Humboldt, 1769-1859 : Gedenkfeier der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina am 14. September 1969 in Halle (Saale) / Vorträge von I. P. Gerasimov [et al.]
    Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher leopoldina
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    Languages: German
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  5. Dem Leben auf der Spur. : Die biologischen Forschungen Alexander von Humboldts
    Jahn, Ilse
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    Languages: German
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  6. Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
    Bergakademie Freiberg
    [ Book : 1960 ]
    Languages: German
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  7. Alexander von Humboldt und das preussische Königshaus : Briefe aus den Jahren 1835-1857 / herausgegeben und erlautert von Conrad Müller
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1928 ]
    Languages: German
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  8. Correspondance inédite scientifique et littéraire / recueillie et publiée par M. De La Roquette
    Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1869 ]
    Languages: French
    At Barr Smith Library
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  9. Letters of Alexander von Humboldt to Varnhagen von Ense. From 1827 to 1858. With extracts from Varnhagen's diaries, and letters of Varnhagen and others to Humboldt. Tr. from the 2d German ed. by Friedrich Kapp
    Alexander von Humboldt 1769-1859
    [ Book : 1860 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
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  10. Alexander von Humboldt / [comp.] Julius Lowenberg
    [ Book : 1960 ]
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  1. Mueller, Ferdinand, (Baron von) (1825-)
    non-artist/designer/curator; ; Botanist; 6910; Naturalist; Botanists
    ... Philosophical Institute of Victoria (1855 - 1859) ... Royal Society of Victoria (1859 - ) ... Victorian government botanist. Von Mueller took an interest in painting, sending his view of the ... was appointed Victorian government botanist by Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe . Some of von Mueller ...
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  2. Neumayer, G., (Georg) (1826-1909)
    Scientist; Magnetician; Hydrographer; Oceanographer; Meteorologist
    ... Georg Balthasar von Neumayer (1826-1909), scientist, magnetician, hydrographer, oceanographer and ... Georg von Neumayer set up the Flagstaff Observatory, Melbourne in 1858 and completed a detailed ...
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  3. Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Symposium
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  1. HUMBOLDT.
    Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875) Saturday 31 July 1869 p 3 Article
    ... the institution were open to all, free of charge." (Applause.) "Who is this Alexander von Humboldt ? I ... ." Alexander Von Humboldt is a man of cosmopolitan fame. Fie was devoted to eoienoo, and spent his life in ... 2762 words
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  2. ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S TESTAMENT
    Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875) Friday 5 August 1859 p 6 Article
    ... i pur-» suits andltbe great oalls on bis-generosity and pri-vate domestic economy, Alexander von-Humboldt ... .ALEXANDER VON - EtUMB OLD T'S ' TESTAMENT* ¡Fnoir tbel extraordinary costs-'of- Iiis - seien tifio ... 293 words
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  3. ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT.
    Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Tuesday 28 September 1869 p 3 Article
    ... greatest intellectual giants—Alexander von Humboldt, the hundredth anniversary of whose birth was thus ... of Alexander von Humboldt, whose, centenary birthday they had assembled to celebrate—of a man who as ... 1820 words
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  1. Government Gazette Notices
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Saturday 11 December 1897 [Issue No.1000 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 9039

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... Garland Charles L., Murray John, and Murray Samp son E 7528 G-ernet Adolf von 7437 GtOODsir Alexander and ... Bruce David W.*... c Cameron Alexander McL Clay William E. and Walmsley Ben. Clerihew G-eorge W ... 8756 words
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  2. Government Gazette Notices
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Wednesday 9 June 1897 [Issue No.460 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 4053

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    ... Robert H. and Tree Eber B 7502 Elliott Edwin C. and Menesdorffer Alexander, as signees of Menesdorffer ... Gernet Adolf Von 7437 Gibbs Lucius T 7408 Gossler Francis ... ... ... 7462 Grundy Geo. H. and Lingard Geo ... 7585 words
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  3. DECLARATION BY THE MINISTER. DECLARATION No. 12.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Wednesday 31 December 1941 [Issue No.280] p 2995

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  1. Alexander v. Humboldt / Rosmaester ...
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  1. Humboldt, Alexander Von., 1847
    [ Unpublished : 1847 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Humboldt, Alexander Von., 1847
    [ Unpublished : 1847 ]
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  3. Series 73.054: Copy of a letter received by Friedrich von Humboldt from Banks, March 1798
    [ Unpublished : 1798 ]
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  1. Am Westrand des Alexander-v.-Humboldt-Gebirges aufgenommen am 3. Februar 1939 von der Deutschen Antarktischen Expedition / Ausarbeitung von O.v. Gruber
    Gruber, Otto von, 1884-1942
    [ Map : 1939 ]
    Languages: German
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  2. Dr. Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer Atlas : eine, unter der fördernden Anregung Alexander's von Humboldt verfasste, Sammlung von 93 Karten, auf denen die Hauptsächlichsten Erscheinungen der anorganischen und organischen Natur nach ihrer geographi ...
    Berghaus, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm, 1797-1884
    [ Map, Book : 1852 ]
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  3. Atlas de páramos de Colombia / Mónica Morales Rivas ... [et al.]
    Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt
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  1. Jahresbericht / Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung = Annual report / Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
    [ Periodical : 1987-2019 ]
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  2. Boletín del Centro de Estudios Alexander von Humboldt
    Centro de Estudios Alexander von Humboldt (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
    [ Periodical : 1997-2019 ]
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  3. Alexander von Humboldt and Australia
    Moheit, Ulrike
    Australia: Studies on the History of Discovery and Exploration
    [ Article : 1994 ]
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  4. Alexander von Humboldt and Australian art and exploration
    Rose, Margaret
    The German Experience of Australia 1833-1938
    [ Article : 1988 ]
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  1. humboldt 1859
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  1. Alexander von Humboldt, 1769-1859 : Bildnis eines grossen Menschen
    Fouquet, Karl
    [ Book : 1959 ]
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  2. Baron Alexander von Humboldt
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  3. Alexander von Humboldt / Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin
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  4. Aims and functions of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
    [ Book : 1983 ]
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  1. Great Travellers - Part 5: Alexander von Humboldt and Ellis Rowan
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2001 ]
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  3. Hamlet [William Shakespeare]
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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  4. Full transcript
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