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humboldt, baron alexander von

humboldt, baron alexander von in Science
  (hŭm'bōlt', hm'bôlt')   
German naturalist and writer who explored South America, Cuba, and Mexico (1799-1804) and recorded a wide range of species, particularly plants, and attempted to explain their geographic distribution with respect to their environment. His work laid the foundation the science of ecology.
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