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Albrecht von Haller (1708–1777)

Haller, Albrecht von (häl’ler). A Swiss German botanist, physiologist, and poet; was born at Bern, Oct. 16, 1708; and died there, Dec. 12, 1777. His scientific writings form an important part of the literature of his several specialties. His celebrated lines on ‘The Alps’ have been quoted as an example of great strength of imagery. His poem ‘On the Origin of Evil’ shows no falling off in power. In his later years he wrote some political novels, among them ‘Alfred, king of the Anglo-Saxons’ (1773).