Alexander von Humboldt, A Scientist You’ve Never Heard of
You may have heard of the Humboldt Current and of the Humboldt Penguins but you probably don’t know after whom they were named. A very influential scientist that you may never have heard of: Alexander von Humboldt.
Humboldt was born on Sept. 14, 1769 in Berlin, which at that time was part of the Kingdom of Prussia, which itself was part of the Holy Roman Empire. He was a polymath, geographer, scientist, naturalist, explorer, philosopher and painter. By the time he was 45 he had painted a self-portrait.