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Darwin Correspondence Project

Otto Hahn


Swabian lawyer, civil servant, naturalist, and social campaigner. Grew up in Reutlingen, Württemburg. Studied law and natural sciences at Tübingen. Worked at the Department of Justice and Department of the Interior, and spent four years in a relgious commune before starting his own law firm. Promoted emigrationist colonialism as a solution for poverty in German agricultural communities, in particular by recruiting emigrants to Canada. Visited Canada in 1878 collecting fossils and exploring settlement opportunities. Moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1888, but returned to Germany in 1903. Awarded an honorary doctorate for his work on Eozoon canadense.


Sauer 2007.