That was how Charles Darwin admired Alexander von Humboldt, who was born today in 1769. Von Humbold spent almost one third of his fortune travelling South and Middle America and spent the rest of it describing and analysing his travels into 30 volumes. It was The largest travel account of a private journey known to history! Humbold addressed a wide array of subjects ranging from meteorology, to physics, to botanica. He was also one of the first to criticise deforestation and warm for the catastrophic consequences for the climate.
The greatest scientific traveller who ever lived
14 September in history
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