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The Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin
(Berlin Geographical Society
) was founded in 1828 and is the second oldest geographical society.
It was founded by some of the foremost geographers of its time. The founder Carl Ritter
Carl Ritter was a German geographer. Along with Alexander von Humboldt, he is considered one of the founders of modern geography. From 1825 until his death, he occupied the first chair in geography at the University of Berlin.-Biography:Ritter was born in Quedlinburg, one of the six children of a...
and the founding member Alexander von Humboldt
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt...
can also be considered the founders of modern scientific geography.
Today the society's aim still is to promote the exchange and spreading of geographical knowledge.
The society publishes the scientific journal Die Erde
(Earth) which has been published since 1853. It also sponsors young scientists with the Humboldt-Ritter-Penck-Preis