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Humboldt University
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Humboldt University

This article is about the university in Berlin. See Humboldt State University for the one in California.

The Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin (the Humboldt University) is Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810 by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt; it was formerly also known as the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitšt.

The University has been home to many of Germany's greatest thinkers of the past two centuries, among them the subjective idealist philosopher J.G. Fichte, the theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, the absolute idealist philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, the Romantic legal theorist Savigny, the pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, the objective idealist philosopher Friedrich Schelling, and famous physicists Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Founders of Marxist theory Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels attended the university, as did poet Heinrich Heine, German unifier Otto von Bismarck and European unifier Robert Schuman.

The university is home to 29 Nobel Prize winners.

Its main building is located in the centre of Berlin at the boulevard Unter den Linden. The building was erected by prince Heinrich of Prussia. Most institutes are located in the centre, around the main building, except the nature science institutes, which are located at Adlershof in the south of Berlin.

In 2003 there were 37 145 students at the Humboldt-Universitšt, of which 4 662 foreign students.

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