Swiss that changed the world

Albrecht von HallerAlbrecht_von_Haller_1736 (1708 – 1777), genius anatomist, physiologist, naturalist and poet

He was born of an old Swiss family at Bern. He is considered the father of experimental physiology, who made prolific contributions to physiology, anatomy, botanyembryology, poetry, and scientific bibliography. Haller was the first to recognise the mechanism of respiration and the autonomous function of the heart. Toward the end of his life, he devoted much of his time to the cataloging of scientific literature. Haller was also an accomplished poet, and his glorification of the mountains (Die Alpen 1732) helped bring a sense of the awareness of natural wonders to German-language poetry.

Haller was featured on the 500 franc banknote, series 1976 – 1995.


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Author:Damian Schaller

Trombone player with the Brass Band BlackBoxMusic from Reinach, Switzerland. Husband to Melinda and Daddy to Matilda, you can follow her adventours in the series "Matilda visits" on my YouTube channel.


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