Alexander von Humboldt: The Shakespeare of the Sciences


Alexander von Humboldt

The Shakespeare of the Sciences

Join us to celebrate the many achievements of Alexander von Humboldt—polymath, geographer, naturalist and explorer, and the first person to describe the phenomenon and cause of human-induced climate change.

On the 250th anniversary of his birth, the National Library of Australia will host a panel about von Humboldt’s impact on the world of science and how his work still affects leading scientists and experts.

Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM, President of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, will introduce the life and work of von Humboldt before the panel discussion.

Dr Judith Reinhard, Head of Science and Innovation, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Emeritus Professor Hans Bachor,
Research School of Physics, Australian National University
Professor Tim Entwisle,
Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Facilitated by Lish Fejer, ABC Radio Canberra

Saturday 14 September | 2pm
Theatre | free
Book here
or call 02 6262 1111

Images: background: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, South America. Sheet 1, Ecuador, Granada, Venezuela and Parts of Brazil and Guayana (detail), plate 149 in Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (London: Chapman and Hall, 1844),; inset: Charles Louis Bazin
(1802–1859), Aldre. De Humboldt (detail), c.1832,