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Georges Weill

Born 1866
Died 1952

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French ophthalmologist, born 1866, Strasbourg, Alsace; died 1952.

Biography of Georges Weill

Following graduation at the University of Strasbourg, Georges Weill trained in ophthalmology under Benedikt Stilling (1810-1879). During his student time, Strasbourg was under German control, but after World War I, when the Elsass-Lothringen/Alsace-Lorraine was returned to France, a new French medical faculty was established. Alsace-Lorraine was originally the German territories Elsass-Lothringen which became a part of France after the peace of Westphalia in 1648.

After the armistice, Weill became associate professor of ophthalmology and in 1928 his career was crowned when he succeeded to the chair. He was 71 years old when he retired in 1937, and still lived happily for another fifteen years. He was an active as a mountaineer until shortly before his death in 1952.

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