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The "research institute Geisenheim" in the city Geisenheim im Rheingau in the state of Hesse was founded in 1872 by the German banker Baron Eduard von Lade (1817-1904) as a "Royal Prussian educational institution for fruit and viticulture". The son of a wine merchant had acquired a considerable fortune with export, banking and arms shops and sat down in 1861 in Geisenheim to rest. He left there a luxurious country estate in the classicist style called "Monrepos" (French "my retirement home") with extensive parks near the bank of the Rhine From then on he built and devoted himself to private interests, among which fruit growing and the cultivation of new fruit varieties were among the most important ones. The Prussian King Wilhelm I (1797-1888) and the Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) he had sent boxes of apples and pears several times with the request to be allowed to found a "pomological college" in Geisenheim, which he was finally allowed.

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