The Wilhelm-Orden (English `William-Order`) was instituted on 18 January 1896 by the Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia William II, and was dedicated to the memory of his grandfather Emperor William I `the Great`. Like the civil class of Pour le Mérite, the Wilhelm-Orden was intended as a high award for service to science and the arts. Th...
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