People with a strong Berlin connection - C

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  • Caprivi born Charlottenburg. General in the Army. Became Chancellor in 1890 after the fall of Bismarck, but dismissed in 1894. During this period Britain swopped Helgoland for Zanzibar.
  • Chamisso, Adelbert von (1781-1838), writer and naturalist, born in Champagne, France. He fled with his parents to Germany during the French Revolution. After a career with the Prussian army, he moved to Switzerland and joined the circle of the exiled French writer Germaine de Sta?l. In 1814 he wrote his best-known work, Peter Schlemihls Wundersame Geschichte (trans. 1927), a prose fantasy about a man who sells his shadow to the devil. From 1815 to 1818 Chamisso sailed as a botanist on the Russian vessel Rurik on a scientific circumnavigation of the world. On his return he was appointed curator of the Botanical Gardens in Berlin. Chamisso is also known for his lyrical poetry, especially the cycle Frauen -Liebe und -Leben (Woman's Love and Life, 1830), which the German composer Robert Schumann set to music.
  • Elwin Christoffel    Mathematician, who was briefly in Berlin.

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