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Alfred Philippson (1 January 1864, Bonn – 30 January 1953) was a German geologist and geographer. He was born in Bonn, son of Ludwig Philippson. He received his education at the gymnasium and University of Bonn and at the University of Leipzig (Ph.D. 1886). In 1892 he became Privatdozent at Bonn, was appointed assistant professor seven years later, and in 1904 he was called to Bern as professor of geography. Beginning 1887, Philippson undertook annual journeys to Asia Minor for the purpose of geological investigation on a commission from the Berlin Akademie der Wissenschaften. Under the Nazis, he was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp (1942-45). He survived the war, resuming work on his multi-volume essay on Greek landscapes.

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Goldschmidt-Hamburg, K. A.: Portrait of Alfred Philippson : Theresienstadt, Leo Baeck Institute, 81.5b.