Measuring, regulating, organizing - on the road in the 19th century with Johann Coaz
In the 19th century, scientists explored the world with new methods and tried to systematically grasp and represent it. For Graubünden and Switzerland, the Graubünden engineer and naturalist Johann Wilhelm Fortunat Coaz (1822?1918) played an important role. He experienced the developments of his time in science, technology and politics up close. As an alpinist and mountain topographer, he climbed the highest mountains in Graubünden and, as secretary to General Dufour, was at the forefront of the creation of the Swiss federal state.
In the function of forest inspector for the canton of Graubünden and later for the Swiss Confederation, Coaz reorganized forestry and created legal regulations for sustainable forestry. He also planned the first avalanche barriers, planted herbae and planted exotic trees. Until old age, Coaz was committed to environmental policy and he was one of the sponsors of the Swiss National Park. Due to his professional activities, Johann Coaz was often on the road and maintained his networks with the authorities and with leading personalities from science. In the exhibition, we accompany Coaz on a journey through various fields of research of the 19th century, in which his versatile work can be experienced.
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