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Fontane, Theodor (1819–1898), novelist and travel writer, was born in Neuruppin, Brandenburg, Prussia, on 30 December 1819, the son of Louis Henri Fontane (1796–1867), apothecary, and his wife, Emilie (d. 1869). Of French descent, he was baptized Henri Théodore Fontane, but was usually known by his German name. When he was eight his family moved to ...

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Platter, Thomas (1574–1628), physician and traveller, was born on 24 July 1574 in the protestant city of Basel, Switzerland, the elder son among six children of Thomas Platter (1499–1582), schoolmaster, and his second wife, Hester Gross or Grossmann (b. 1547). Thomas the elder...

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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, ...