The Fridericianum, a kind of grammar school for tuberculosis sufferers, was founded in Davos as early as 1878. And soon after the turn of the century, Carl Dorno – founder of today’s Physics and Meteorological Observatory Davos and the World Radiation Centre – opened the first, small research institute here.
As the home of four internationally renowned research institutes with hundreds of academics from all around the world, today Davos is highly significant in the international research segment. In 1928, Albert Einstein opened the first “Davos university courses”. This elevated Davos to the status of a congress city and it began to be recognised as a meeting point for the intellectual elite.
Thomas Mann, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson are just some of the many intellectuals that have been active in Davos in the past. The "Wissensstadt Davos” association works to ensure that Davos will continue to be a hotspot for the generation of valuable knowledge in the future. As the home of internationally renowned research institutes with hundreds of academics from all around the world, Davos is highly significant in the international research segment of today.
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