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The "Geisenheim Research Institute" in the town of Geisenheim in the Rheingau region of Hesse was founded in 1872 by the German banker Freiherr Eduard von Lade (1817-1904) as the "Königlich Preußische Lehranstalt für Obst- und Weinbau". The son of a wine merchant had acquired considerable wealth with export, banking and arms deals and retired in Geisenheim in 1861. He had a luxurious country estate built in the classicist style called "Monrepos" (French for "my place of rest"), complete with extensive parks near the banks of the Rhine, and devoted himself above all to fruit growing and the breeding of new fruit varieties. Several times he sent boxes of apples and pears to the Prussian King Wilhelm I (1797-1888) and the Imperial Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) together with the request to be allowed to found a "Pomologische Hochschule" (Pomology = Greek science of fruit growing) in Geisenheim, which he was finally allowed to do by decree.

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