born march 18, 1796 Utzenstorf, Switzerland
dead april 1, 1863 Bern, Switzerland
"He is a middle-aged man, of pretty stout proportions,
has a long intellectual face,
with beard and moustache and a fine prominant forehead,
hair dark rather inclining to turn grey.
The first thing that strikes you on his face is a dash of care and anxiety,
as if arising from physical suffering - he has rheumatism.
He never prepares his lectures beforehand.
He thus often stumbles or fails to prove what he wishes at the moment,
and at every such failure he is
sure to make some characteristic remark. " (o'conner)
[piercing glare, no?]