About Science Biographies

The tragedy of the hockey team from Humboldt, Sask. led me to ask, “Who was Humboldt?” During these Covid times, I began to read biographies of famous scientists, including Alexander Humboldt, a 19th century explorer, adventurer and perhaps father of the environmental movement. The Humboldt Current off of South America is named after him as are a dizzying array of locations around the world. Forty-five biographies later, I am fascinated by both the similarities and differences among our brightest humans.