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Heitler, Walter Heinrich (1904–1981), physicist, was born on 2 January 1904 in Karlsruhe, the second of three children and eldest son of Adolf Heitler, professor of engineering at the Technische Hochschule of Karlsruhe, and his wife, Ortilie Rudolf. He pursued a strong and independent interest in science in his youth, reading ...

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Planta, Joseph (1744–1827), librarian, was born on 21 February 1744 at Castasegna in the Grisons (Graubünden), Switzerland, where his father, the Revd Andrew Planta (1717–1773), was the pastor of the Reformed church. The Plantas were a noble family of the Grisons with a recorded history dating back to the twelfth century; ...

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Joseph Planta (1744–1827) by Charles Picart, pubd 1812 (after Henry Edridge) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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César-François de Saussure (1705–1783) by Joseph Lander, 1758 Musée Historique de Lausanne

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Saussure, César-François [César] de (1705–1783), travel writer, was baptized in Lausanne, Pays de Vaud, Switzerland, on 24 June 1705, the eldest of the three sons and two daughters of François-Louis de Saussure (bap. 1676, d. 1724), minister of the Reformed church, and his wife, ...