Lecture held by Andreas Daum, professor in the Department of History at University at Buffalo (NY), on 05/06/2009 in the Library of Congress. It was part of the series of events Alexander von Humboldt – Remapping Global Perspectives in Washington, from May 2 to May 7.
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„Alexander von Humboldt achieved cultural hero status in the United States in the second half of the 19th century. His travels, experiments and knowledge transformed Western science. A lecture at the Library of Congress examined the influence and legacy of the German naturalist and explorer. Andreas Daum presented „Mourning, Celebrating, Revisiting: Alexander von Humboldt in the United States, 1859-2009.“
Between 1799 and 1804, von Humboldt explored Latin America and wrote about his scientific observations. Later, in 1845, he wrote the five-volume „Kosmos,“ which attempted to unify the various branches of scientific knowledge. …“ (source: The Library of Congress)
For more information on the Commemoration of Alexander von Humboldt on the 150th Anniversary of His Death (May 4 & 6, 2009), see the website of the