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Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age inspiring thousands, including a young Charles Darwin. Andrea Wulf’s latest book The Invention of Nature reveals his extraordinary life and how he created the way we understand nature today. 

Find out more about the visionary German naturalist at our May Lates, with a presentation from Andrea followed by a conversation about Humboldt's life and work with science journalist Gaia Vince. 

Andrea will be awarded the Dingle Prize from the British Society for the History of Science for the best history of science book for non-specialist readers. The prize-giving will be followed by a book signing with Andrea and Gaia. Copies of The Invention of Nature and Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made will be available to purchase on the night.


Andrea Wulf is an award-winning author of several books. The Invention of Nature has won twelve literary awards, including Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016. She has written for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic, among many others. She’s an International Fellow of the Explorer's Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Gaia Vince is a journalist, broadcaster and author specialising in science, the environment and social issues. Gaia writes news, opinion and feature articles for a variety of different outlets, including the BBC, The Guardian, New Scientist, Australian Geographic, Science, Seed, along with researching and presenting science documentaries for BBC Radio. In 2015 her book Adventures in the Anthropocene won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

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