Horace-Bénédict DE SAUSSURE

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Physicist, Adventurer

SwissBorn Horace-Bénédict DE SAUSSURE

Genevan aristocrat, physicist and Alpine traveller, often considered the founder of alpinism

Born on February 17, 1740 in Conches, Suisse , Switzerland

Died on January 22, 1799 in Conches, Suisse

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Saussure was born in Conches, near Geneva. His early interest in botanical studies led him to undertake journeys among the Alps, and from 1773 onwards he directed his attention to the geology and physics of that region. This work did much to clear up the topography of the snowy portions of the Alps, and to attract the attention of tourists to spots like Chamonix and Zermatt.

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