Carl Bosch: chemist, Nobel laureate, business leader, astronomy enthusiast ...
Carl Bosch (1874-1940) became famous through the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis. This development made nitrogen fertilizer a mass product - a revolution for agriculture. As a result of his professional successes, Carl Bosch quickly rose to become chairman of BASF and later of I.G. Farbenindustrie.
In 1931, he received the highest possible award for his scientific and professional work, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. As a private citizen, too, Carl Bosch was a versatile natural scientist who earned great acclaim for his legendary beetle and butterfly collection, his passion for astronomy, and as a co-founder of the Heidelberg Zoo.
Special exhibition "Multifaceted Insects
from 23.09.2023 - 07.04.2024
Iridescent dragonflies, spiny stick insects, jumping beetles - insects are the most diverse group of animals on earth. Without them, nothing works - or not well. They play a central role in the functioning of our ecosystems and also provide extremely important services for us humans, such as pollinating our crops.
The travelling exhibition "Multifaceted Insects: Diversity | Threat | Protection" awakens fascination for the diversity of insects, but also shows how endangered they are and how we can protect them. Visitors can study the physique of insects on an oversized insect model and be amazed. Those who want to get active themselves can digitally assemble the individual parts of a fictitious insect and thus delve into the body structure of these filigree animals. Various hands-on stations invite visitors to listen to the unknown sounds of insects, to classify their enormous performance as pollinators of vegetables, fruit and other flowering plants, or to find out which form of agriculture is insect-friendly. Researchers and nature enthusiasts tell in videos why they are so fascinated by the six-legged creatures and devote much of their time to them.
The touring exhibition was created in the NORe network under the leadership of the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Museum der Natur Hamburg. At the Carl Bosch Museum, it can be seen for the first time in southern Germany.
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