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Lichtenberg, Georg Christophlocked

(1742–1799)
  • Joachim Weihl

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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 ...

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