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Wladimir Koppen
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    (September 25, 1846-June 22, 1940)
    Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    Geographer, meteorologist, climatologist, and botanist
    Considered the father of modern climatology
    Developed Köppen climate classification on identifying and mapping climatic zones
    Worked at Main Physics Observatory in St. Petersburg (1872-1875) and at German Naval Observatory in Hamburg (1875-1919)
    First produced a world map of temperature belts (1884)
    Wrote 'Elements of Marine Meteorology' (1899), 'The Climates of the Geological Past' (1924, with Alfred Wegener)
    Co-edited 'Handbook of Climatology' (1930-1939, with Rudolf Geiger)
    Died in Graz, Austria
    He slept very little and often started things slowly in the morning.
    He often stayed very late into the evening even after his official duties were done for the day.
    For a climatologist, he didn't travel widely.
    He had a good sense of humor.
    He was generous to his younger colleagues, taking an interest in their personal lives as well as their ideas.
    He was fluent in German, Russian, Greek, Latin, French, English, Esperanto, and, to a lesser extent, Spanish and Italian.
    He was an advocate of world peace and many kinds of reforms, such as nutrition and education for the underprivileged.
    He produced more than 500 papers throughout his lifetime.
    He was fond of children, taking in a nephew and niece in when their father died. (1888)

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