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Wladimir Peter Köppen

Wladimir Köppen (September 25, 1846 – June 22, 1940) was a Russian born geographer, meteorologist, climatologist and botanist of German descent. After studies in St. Petersburg, he spent the bulk of his life and professional career in Germany and Austria. His most notable contribution to science was the development of the Köppen climate classification system, which, with some modifications, is still commonly used. Köppen was one of the last scholars with a broad enough background and intellectual ability to make significant contributions to several branches of science.

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