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Wilhelm VON HUMBOLDT

German Wilhelm VON HUMBOLDT

born Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand Freiherr VON HUMBOLDT

Prussian philosopher, linguist, government functionary, diplomat, and founder of the Humboldt University of Berlin

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Born: on June 22, 1767 in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Died: on April 08, 1835 in Berlin, Germany


Biography

He is especially remembered as a linguist who made important contributions to the philosophy of language, ethnolinguistics and to the theory and practice of education. In particular, he is widely recognized as having been the architect of the Humboldtian education ideal, which was used from the beginning in Prussia as a model for its system of education and eventually in countries such as the US and Japan.

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