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Based on an exhibition at Marburg Castle arranged and documented by Kornelia Grundmann Upbringing and Education (1854-1917) was born on March 15, 1854 in Hansdorf, West Prussia, as the first child of the couple August and Auguste Behring. His father was a village school teacher, who during his first marriage had had four children and…

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Julius Wagner – his father Adolf Johann Wagner was granted the title “Ritter von Jauregg” only in 1883 – was born on March 7, 1857, in Wels, Austria. He attended the famous old Schottengymnasium in Vienna and started reading medicine at Vienna University in 1874. From 1874 to 1880 he studied with Salomon Stricker, in…

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Paul Ehrlich was born on March 14, 1854 at Strehlen, in Upper Silesia, Germany. He was the son of Ismar Ehrlich and his wife Rosa Weigert, whose nephew was the great bacteriologist Karl Weigert. Ehrlich was educated at the Gymnasium at Breslau and subsequently at the Universities of Breslau, Strassburg, Freiburg-im-Breisgau and Leipzig. In 1878…

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Werner Theodor Otto Forssmann was born in Berlin on August 29, 1904, the son of Julius Forssmann and Emmy Hindenberg. He was educated at the Askanische Gymnasium (secondary grammar school) in Berlin. Leaving school in 1922, he went to the University of Berlin to study medicine, passing his State Examination in 1929. For his clinical…

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Charles Scott Sherrington was born on November 27, 1857, at Islington, London. He was the son of James Norton Sherrington, of Caister, Great Yarmouth, who died when Sherrington was a young child. Sherrington’s mother later married Dr. Caleb Rose of Ipswich, a good classical scholar and a noted archaeologist, whose interest in the English artists…

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Christiaan Eijkman was born on August 11, 1858, at Nijkerk in Gelderland (The Netherlands), the seventh child of Christiaan Eijkman, the headmaster of a local school, and Johanna Alida Pool. A year later, in 1859, the Eijkman family moved to Zaandam, where his father was appointed head of a newly founded school for advanced elementary…

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Banquet speech

Emil von Behring’s speech at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, December 10, 1901 (in German) Trotz seiner verhältnismässig geringen Einwohneranzahl hat Schweden auffallend wirksam in den Gang der Menschengeschichte und immer in solcher Weise eingegriffen, dass man den Eindruck des Gewaltigen davon tragen muss. Ich erinnere hier an die vorgeschichtlichen mythischen Gestalten, die in unseren…

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Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger was born at Silkeborg (Denmark) on April 23, 1867. His father, C. E. A. Fibiger, was a local medical practitioner and his mother, Elfride Muller, was a writer. Fibiger gained his bachelor’s degree in 1883 and qualified as a doctor in 1890. After a period of working in hospitals and studying…

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Presentation

Swedish Presentationstal av Professor Staffan Normark, ledamot av Nobelförsamlingen vid, den 10 december 2005. Professor Staffan Normark presenterar Nobelpriset i fysiologi eller medicin 2005 i Stockholms Konserthus. Eders Majestäter, Eders Kungliga Högheter, mina Damer och Herrar, Napoleon Bonaparte blev inte förgiftad utan dog i magsår som omvandlats till cancer. Författaren James Joyce, fortfarande…

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Nobel Lecture

Nobel Lecture, December 12, 1901 Serum Therapy in Therapeutics and Medical Science Serum therapy in the form in which it finds application in the treatment of diphtheria patients is an antitoxic or detoxicating curative method. It is based on the view, held by Löffler in Germany and by Roux in France, that the parasites causing…

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