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GermanBorn Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander VON HUMBOLDT

Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer

Born on September 14, 1769 in Berlin, Germany , Germany

Died on May 06, 1859 in Berlin, Germany

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Humboldt was born in Berlin in the Margraviate of Brandenburg. His father, Alexander Georg von Humboldt, belonged to a prominent Pomeranian family; a major in the Prussian Army, he was rewarded for his services in the Seven Years' War with the post of Royal Chamberlain. He married the daughter of the Prussian general adjutant, von Schweder. In 1766, he married Maria Elizabeth Colomb, the widow of Baron von Hollwede, and they had two sons. The money of Baron von Holwede, left to his former wife, was instrumental in funding Alexander's explorations, contributing more than 70% of Alexander's income.

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