Alexander von Humboldt

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt Full Name: Alexander von Humboldt [Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt]
Nationality:

Prussian

Profession: Naturalist and Explorer
Why Famous: Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.

Born: September 14, 1769
Star Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Died: May 6, 1859 (aged 89)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events in the Life of Alexander von Humboldt

  • 1799-06-05 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland set sail in the Pizarro from A Coruña and begin their 5 year Latin American expedition
  • 1800-11-24 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland depart Caracas for Cuba where they met fellow botanist John Fraser
  • 1802-01-06 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland reach Quito, Ecuador
  • 1804-08-03 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt lands at Bordeaux, France completing his 5 year expedition to Latin America
  • 1804-12-07 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reports his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth's magnetic field from the poles to the equator in a memoir to the Paris Institute