Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph
- Joachim Weihl
Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph (1742–1799), natural scientist and author, was born on 1 July 1742 in Ober Ramstadt, near Darmstadt, Hesse-Darmstadt, the youngest of the seventeen children born to Johann Conrad Lichtenberg, a Lutheran priest, and his wife, Henriette Catherine, née Eckhardt, the daughter of a Lutheran priest. He was baptized on the day of his birth for fear he would die, and curvature of the spine left him a hunchback. After tuition in the natural sciences from his father and attendance at the elementary school at ...