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Ernst Hanhart

Born 1891
Died 1973

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Swiss internist and human geneticist, born March 14, 1891, died September 5, 1973.

Biography of Ernst Hanhart

After qualifying in medicine from the University of Zurich in 1916, Ernst Hanhart worked as a country practitioner, but in 1921 became an assistant in the Zurich policlinic. Working under professors Otto Nägeli (1871-1938) and Wilhelm Löffler (1887-1972), Hanhart became interested in human genetics and became a specialist in hereditary disorders.

Hanhart worked extensively on the effects of consanguinity and investigated Swiss families with inherited disorders in isolated communities. He was appointed professor at the University of Zurich in 1942 and was a founding member of the Swiss Society of Genetics. Hanhart achieved an international reputation, but in 1954 he had to resign after having been crippled in a criminal attack.

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