Leopold von Buch

Born: 26 April 1774

Died: 4 March 1853

Born on April 26, 1774 on castle Stolpe near Angermünde, as descendant of an old Prussian noble family, he studied at the mining academy in Freiberg together with Alexander von Humboldt, a life-long friend. After a brief service in the Prussian mining administration he started geological research trips through Europe up to the northern part of Lapland. Together with Humboldt he studied the Vesuvius. He also studied the huge craters of the Canary Islands. He died on March 4, 1853 in Berlin. In earthquake research he became known with his theory of elevation craters.