August von Platen-Hallermünde (October 24, 1796 – December 5, 1835)
Professor Justus von Liebig established the reputation of the University of Giessen as the leading center for the study of chemistry in the mid-19th century. He laid the groundwork for modern agriculture by demonstrating the importance of nitrogen and carbon dioxide to the growth of plants. He also developed a manufacturing process for beef extract, founding the company that later trademarked the Oxo brand beef bouillon cube. As a teenager, Liebig created chemistry of a different sort with the poet August von Platen, who wrote in his diary (of Liebig): "So much love has nobody shown for me .... We found, understood, loved and will always love each other. He never has seemed to me nobler, tenderer and never handsomer—though he always is handsome. We have no shyness for kisses.... We do not hold ourselves at all back." Platen and Liebig continued a passionate correspondence throughout their lives. Edward Carpenter expressed his appreciation for Platen in his Ioälus, An Anthology of Friendship (1902). Among German writers who admired Platen is Thomas Mann, who praised him in a lecture in 1930; Platen's poem Tristan (1825) inspired Mann's novella Tristan ad Isolde (1903). In 1985, the homosexual, avant-garde writer Hubert Fichte published a noteworthy tribute to Platen, describing the poet as a "creative master like Walt Whitman, Arthur Rimbaud, and Genet."
Timeline & Places:
October 24, 1796: birth.
1835: lived at Via della Amalfitania, 5, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italia
December 5, 1835: death. Buried at Villa Landolina, Viale Teocrito, 66, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italia