The name of Alexander von Humboldt, who is considered the last polymath and is still admired as second discoverer in Latin America, is omnipresent. Schools, ships, mountains, rivers, squares are named after him; but above all animals and plants were given his name. But what about his natural history legacy and heritage in our time?
Alexander von Humbold was born on September 14, 1769 as his parents’ second son. He grew up with his brother Wilhelm, who was two years older, on the family estate at Tegel, which both called “Boredom Castle”.