Famous Swiss Historians

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Jacob Burckhardt
(Former Historian whose best known work is The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860))

Jacob Burckhardt
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Birthdate: May 25, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: August 8, 1897

Swiss cultural historian and historiographer Jacob Burckhardt is best remembered for his work on the history of Italian Renaissance, Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien. Born to a Protestant clergyman, he initially studied theology but later switched to history. He was associated with the University of Basel for most of his life.

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Heinrich Wölfflin
(Art Historian)

Heinrich Wölfflin
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Birthdate: June 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: July 19, 1945

Jean Charles Léonard de Sismondi
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Birthdate: May 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: June 25, 1842
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Harald Szeemann
(Artist, art historian)

Harald Szeemann
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Birthdate: June 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: February 18, 2005

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist
(curator, art critic, art historian, writer)

Hans-Ulrich Obrist
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Zürich

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François Bonivard
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Birthdate: 1493 AD
Birthplace: Seyssel, France
Died: 1570 AD

François Bonivard was a nobleman and historian whose life was the inspiration for Lord Byron's 1816 poem The Prisoner of Chillon. He was a partisan of the Protestant Reformation and a Geneva patriot at the time of the Republic of Geneva. His life was tumultuous, and by most accounts, he was a libertine. He was married four times.

Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné
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Birthdate: August 16, 1794
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eaux-Vives, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1872
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Henry E. Sigerist
(Medical Historian)

Henry E. Sigerist
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Birthdate: April 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1957

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Aegidius Tschudi
(Statesman)

Aegidius Tschudi
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Birthdate: February 5, 1505
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glarus, Switzerland
Died: February 28, 1572

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Joachim Vadianus
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Birthdate: November 29, 1484
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: April 6, 1551

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Alice Boner
(Painter, Sculptor)

Alice Boner
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Birthdate: July 22, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Legnano, Italy
Died: April 13, 1981

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Johannes von Müller
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Birthdate: January 3, 1752
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Died: May 29, 1809

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Adolf Frey
(Writer)

Adolf Frey
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Birthdate: February 18, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Küttigen, Switzerland
Died: February 12, 1920