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"For me, Alexander von Humboldt is ..."

He's probably one of the best-known of all Germans: Alexander von Humboldt. We asked students at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) what the natural scientist means to them.

Christina Iglhaut, 06.09.2019
Students tell us what they associate with Humboldt.
Students tell us what they associate with Humboldt.

The basic principles of natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) were to recognize connections even between complicated topics, to think globally, to live in a networked way, and definitely to travel a lot. These values are shared by many young people on Humboldt's 250th birthday on 14 September 2019. The natural scientist from Berlin is still one of the best-known Germans in the world. He travelled the world, made contacts with thinkers, researchers and politicians, and returned as a hero after his five-year journey through South America. His ideas were ahead of their time and are still highly topical today. We asked students at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin what Alexander von Humboldt means to them and what young people can learn from him today.

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