Albrecht von Haller (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, botany, embryology, 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.