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Bonn Scholars, from Argelander to Welcker


 

People are very grateful for the foundation in 1818 of the university, named Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität after the King of Prussia. The Prussians consider it a kind of compensation for Bonn’s loss of the past status as a capital (of the Electorate of Cologne). Soon the university is one of the most prestigious in the entire state.

The list of famous professors who lectured here in the 19th century is impressive. Among them are:
  • Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander (1799 - 1875), astronomer, author of the star catalogue known as the ‘Bonner Durchmusterung’
  • Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769 - 1869), historian, writer, freedom fighter, member of the Frankfurt National Assembly 1848 - 1849
  • Moritz August von Bethmann-Hollweg (1795 - 1877), jurist, later Prussian Minister of Education and Culture
  • Friedrich Christoph Dahlmann (1785 - 1860), historian and statesman, member of the Frankfurt National Assembly 1848 - 1849
  • Georg August Goldfuß (1782 -1848), palaeontologist and zoologist
  • Barthold Georg Niebuhr (1776 - 1831), ancient historian
  • Johann Jakob Noeggerath (1788 - 1877), geologist and mineralogist
  • Julius Plücker (1801 - 1868), mathematician and physicist
  • August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 1845), literary historian and indologist
  • Friedrich Gottlieb Welcker (1784 - 1868), classical philologist, builds up the university library

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