Professor Hoffmann was born on July 23, 1839. Therefore, July 23, 2014 will mark the 175th anniversary of his birth.
That birthdate seems like a long time ago. It seems to place Hoffmann back in some kind of era of ancient history.
On the other hand, I first became interested in Hoffmann in 1965 or so. That was only about 46 years after he passed away (in 1919) — and that almost makes me feel as though Hoffmann and I are part of the same generation! As for my date of birth — it was 1949, only about 30 years after Hoffmann died.
Obviously, there are still many people around who were alive at the time Hoffmann died.
July 14, 2014