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Happy birthday, Humboldt!

Roughly 300 plants are named after him, as well as numerous animals and even an area on the moon. Alexander von Humboldt breaks all records. Let's celebrate his 250th birthday!

Alexander von Humboldt was a true polymath: a scientist, thought leader, cosmopolitan, explorer and adventurer who left his mark all over the world. Especially in South America, the German universal scientist is still popular, esteemed and omnipresent today.

Many animals and plants, glaciers, the Humboldt Current, mountains and numerous cities all over the world were named after him. Even an area on the moon, the Catena Humboldt crater, carries his name.