People with a strong Berlin connection - H

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  • Haber Perfected a method of nitrogen fixation from the air.

  • Otto Hahn

  • Gustave Hartmann Hit the world headlines in 1928 for traveling to Paris and back in a horse and wagon.

  • Gerhard Hauptmann Depicted scenes from Berlin or Silesia. The Rats depicted Berlin slum life. The Weavers depicted an uprising in 1844 by Silesian weavers. The Police moved in and Hauptmann was arrested and charged with fomenting revolution. When he was awarded the Schiller Prize, the Kaiser deprived him of it, and gave it to someone else. Likewise, Kathe Köllwitz, who had been awarded a prize for her illustrations to the published version of The Weavers, was also deprived of her prize by the Kaiser. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1912.

  • John Heartfield born Hans Herzfelde

  • Georg Hegel In 1818 appointed as professor of Philosophy at Berlin University vacated by Fichte ( previously he had held the same position at Heidelberg University ). He glorified the absolute state and the divine nature of the monarchy. His views led antithetically to those of Karl Marx. He died of cholera in 1831.

  • Heinrich Heine Studied in Berlin for 2 years.

  • Hermann Helmholtz Physicist. He came to Berlin in 1871.

  • Hertz

  • Georg Heym Born 1887. Studied law in Berlin. Drowned in the Wannsee in 1912 while trying to rescue a friend on thin ice. Published one book of poems in his lifetime. His selected poems and stories were first published in 1922 as Dichtungen.

  • Stefan Heym

  • Hinckeldey First police President after the 1848 Uprising was put down. Killed in 1856 as the result of a duel on the Jungfernheide.

  • Jakob van Hoddis Born in 1887 in Berlin. His poem Weltende, published in Die Aktion in 1911, is considered to be a milestone in the foundation of expression. In 1914 he suffered a mental breakdown and never really recovered. In 1942 he was executed as part of the Nazi euthenasia program for the mentally defective.

  • ETA Hoffman Came in 1798 - wrote his stories here. Also served as a judge - he tried Jahn in 1819 and found him not guilty ( the trial took place at the Altes Kammergericht.

  • Vladimir Horowitz

  • Alexander von Humboldt geographer and naturalist. Underwent a five year journey thru America from Mexico to Peru/Venezula. The Humboldt current is an ocean current up South America, the Humboldt penguin a penguin native to the Galapogos. Humboldt River

  • Wilhem von Humboldt Humboldt carried on the educational reforms introduced by Stein. Introduced Gymnasiums and revised the Abitur, which had been founded in 1788. In 1810, he founded Berlin University (opened on 15. October). Attracted many displaced scholars from other Universities ( three of Prussia's Universities had been closed down by Napoleon, leaving only Königsberg and Frankfurt-am-Oder ). Prussian representative at the Congress of Vienna. In 1819, he was released from the University as reaction set in, and he retired from public life in protest against the repression which accompanied the Carlsbad Decrees. Spent the rest of his life at Schloss Tegel. Berlin University was renamed Humboldt University by the Russians.

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