Alexander (Humboldt) von Humboldt
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Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander (Humboldt) von Humboldt (1769 - 1859)

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander (Alexander) von Humboldt formerly Humboldt
Born in Berlin, Brandenburg, Preußen, Heiliges Römisches Reichmap
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Died at age 89 in Berlin, Brandenburg, Preußen, Deutscher Bundmap
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Alexander (Humboldt) von Humboldt is Notable.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was a German explorer and naturalist. He is best known for his works on botanical geography, laying the foundations of the new science of biogeography. Along with the botanist Aimé Bonpland (1773–1858), he travelled widely in South America between 1799 and 1804. Over the course of his travels, he compiled a list of Southern Hemisphere stars, observed a transit of Mercury across the Sun and collected samples of some 60,000 plants that grew at different altitudes and habitats.

Humboldt made a study of the various physical features, including Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador and the Orinoco River in Venezuela, he came across. He discovered a cold current of water flowing past the coast of Peru, known today as the Humboldt Current. Humboldt learned how the South American Indians prepared a poison—called curare—from plants, which they used to tip their arrows, and which paralyzed their victims.

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According to the German Wikipedia article about the noble lineage von Humboldt the lineage was founded in the end of the 17. century/beginning of the 18th century. That means that the LNAB of Alexander is VON Humboldt
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