Malte-Brun, Conrad

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Conrad Malte-Brun (kôn´räŧħ mäl´tə-brōōn´, Fr. mältə-brôN´), 1775–1826, Danish geographer, b. Jutland but later settled in Paris; originally named Malthe Konrad Bruun. He is responsible for the descriptive, readable style that became characteristic of the French school of geography. He wrote an encyclopedic geography of the world, a geography of Poland, and a dictionary of geography. He was secretary of the French Society of Geography, as was his son, Victor Adolphe Malte-Brun, 1816–89, who also wrote extensively on geographical subjects.