Victor Frankenstein was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1797. His mother died shortly after his birth, and his father, Alphonse Frankenstein, sent him to live with his grandparents. Frankenstein later attended the University of Ingolstadt in Germany, where he studied science and medicine. It was during his time at the university that Frankenstein created his famous monster.
Geneva is located on Lake Geneva in western Switzerland. It is known for its beautiful scenery and historic architecture; it has also been called “the city of Calvinism.” The city is home to many famous landmarks including the Jet d’Eau (a fountain), the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul and the International Red Cross Museum.
The University of Ingolstadt was founded in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria as a Jesuit college for training priests. It became an important center for humanistic studies during the 16th century Renaissance period until 1806 when Napoleon Bonaparte closed it down after defeating Bavaria at Austerlitz (1805).