Wilhelm von Humboldt

Prussian philosopher, government official, diplomat, and educator (1767–1835)

Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt (June 22, 1767 - April 8, 1835), government functionary, foreign diplomat, philosopher, founder of Humboldt Universität in Berlin, friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and especially of Friedrich Schiller, is especially remembered as a German linguist who introduced a knowledge of the Basque language to European intellectuals. His younger brother Alexander von Humboldt was equally famous in the natural sciences.

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