Chamisso, Adelbert von

BORN 30 Jan 1781, Boncourt castle, Champagne - DIED 21 Aug 1838, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Chamisso de Boncourt, Louis Charles Adelaide de
CAUSE OF DEATH chronic bronchitis
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Mehringdamm 21 (Halleschen Tor), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (3/1-38-1/2 370 (331-38-1), Ehrengrab)

Adelbert von Chamisso emigrated with his familiy from revolutionary France to Liège, The Hague, Düsseldorf and finally Berlin. In 1796 he became page to queen Louise of Prussia and at the court he received a very good education.

Subsequently he started a military career and in 1801 he became a lieutenant. He wanted to leave the army, but wasn't allowed to do so until capitulation of Hameln in 1806. He left for France and wandered between Germany and France during the next years. He met Alexander von Humboldt and Uhland and befriended Wilhelm Schlegel. He stayed with Madame de Staël and in 1812 he was back in Berlin.

During the war of 1813 against Napoleon he had sought refugee in Kunersdorf and there he wrote his famous "Peter Schlemihl's Wundersame Geschichte". In 1815 he joined Kotzebue's polar expidition that lasted until 1818.

After his return he was offered a position at the Botanical Gardens in Schöneberg. His work on botany led to his election of into the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1835.

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The grave of Adelbert von Chamisso at the Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche III, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)


Baedeker Berlin, Baedeker Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Champollion, Jean François

Published: 16 May 2010
Last update: 04 Jan 2022