Abraham Gottlob Werner

1749 (Wehrau, Prussian Silesia, now Osiecznica, Poland) – 1817 (Dresden)

Werner had a double influence: on geology and in particular the significance of stratification, and on German Romanticist writing and philosophy (in both cases through the students he taught). Klaproth was one of Werner’s own teachers. Among his many students were Humboldt, Mohs, Charpentier, del Rio, von Buch and d’Aubuisson de Voisins; both Humboldt and von Buch lived with Werner while studying in Freiberg. The writer Novalis and the philosopher and poet Steffens also studied geology with him (as did Robert Jameson, whose own lectures in geology bored the 16-year-old Darwin).