Ten fun facts about Albrecht von Haller


Fact 1
Albrecht von Haller was born on 16th October 1708 in Bern, Switzerland.

Fact 2
He was a Swiss German who lacked the strength to participate in the ordinary pursuits of childhood. Under the guidance of a tutor he studied languages and wrote poetry.

Fact 3
Albrecht von Haller entered the University of Tübingen at the age of 15 to study medicine and moved to the University of Leiden in 1725 where he received a doctorate in 1727.

Fact 4
The next years were spent in London and Paris at the University of Basel where he concentrated on studying botany.

Fact 5
His best-known poem, Die Alpen, was published in his Versuch Schweizerischer Gedichte in 1732. This poem introduced the concept of mountain beauty to the literary world.

Fact 6
Albrecht von Haller was appointed professor of anatomy, surgery and botany at the newly found University of Göttingen where he stayed until 1753.

Fact 7
In 1747 Albrecht von Haller authored the first textbook of physiology, Primae lineae physiologiae.

Fact 8
He took a position with the Swiss state service in 1753, in Bern and became resident manager of the Bernese salt works from 1758 to 1764.

Fact 9
His detailed eight-volume compendium of information on physiology, “Elementa physiologiae corporis humani”, appeared between 1759 and 1766.

Fact 10
Albrecht von Haller died on December 12, 1777. His research method laid the lasting foundations of experimental physiology.


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Was an eminent physician who conducted experiments in organic sensibility and irritability that have become landmarks in the development of physiology.

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