Humboldt today – celebrating the anniversary of a discoverer and networker
Where is the safe space for humanity?
In the winter of 1827/28, Alexander von Humboldt presented his famous Kosmos lectures in Berlin. Berlin's Humboldt University is revisiting the series in the anniversary year. The lecture series features talks by a number of pioneering scientists. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Brazilian environmental physicist Paulo Artaxo spoke at the opening event about Humboldt as an idol and climate change.More
If Humboldt were on Twitter today
He liked to formulate succinct sentences and deliver punch lines. He took a stand against slavery, colonialism and environmental destruction. What stance would Humboldt take on current issues? We present his quotes in a new light.More
Happy Birthday, Alex!
Our network and our staff honour the memory of the man after whom our foundation is named.More
A testimony to a restless spirit
Andrea Wulf has written numerous books, including “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” which became a bestseller in 2015. Her latest work “The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt” is an illustrated biography documenting the explorer’s great journey through South America (1799 – 1804). It is illustrated by Lillian Melcher.More
“Humboldt had this ruthlessness towards himself”
Researcher, globetrotter, networker and discoverer – Alexander von Humboldt was a real high-flyer. But who was Alexander, the private person? An interview with journalist and author Dorothee Nolte about the life and loves of an immortal genius.More