From the trenches of the First World War to the university lecture halls: war invalids and POW students at ETH Zurich

From the trenches of the First World War to the university lecture halls: war invalids and POW students at ETH Zurich

Switzerland must have seemed like paradise to him. After one and a half years in POW camp in Germany, Jean Chopin, a twenty-five-year-old French infantryman, was allowed to leave for neutral Switzerland in the spring of 1916. Finally, after an interruption of almost three years, he was able to take up his academic studies again in the autumn of 1917. Read more

In the land of pyramids and mosques. The Swiss civil engineer Charles Andreae in Egypt

In the land of pyramids and mosques. The Swiss civil engineer Charles Andreae in Egypt

After the Kingdom of Egypt had formally achieved independence in 1922, the Egyptian government tried to suppress British influence in the country. In 1928, as part of these efforts, in 1928 the government requested the Swiss Federal Council to send an ETH professor Read more

Glow with the Flow: William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei (Naples, 1776-1779)

Glow with the Flow: William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei (Naples, 1776-1779)

As a British diplomat at the court of the Kingdom of Naples, Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) had an ideal location to study the volcanoes of the region. Several times he climbed Mount Vesuvius and witnessed the violent and dangerous outbreaks of the time. To capture his observations of Read more