Biography of Jakob Stilling
Jakob Stilling was the brother of the physician Heinrich Stilling (1853-1911) and the son of the famous anatomist Benedikt Stilling (1810-1879). He studied in Göttingen, Marburg, Würzburg, Berlin, and Paris. He received his doctorate in 1865 and in 1867 settled in practice as an eye physician in his native city of Kassel. However, being attracted to ophthalmology, he received further education on this speciality in Paris, Berlin and Vienna, and eventually with Carlo Reymond in Torino. Following unsuccessful attempts to embark on a further academical career in Italy, he returned to Kassel to practice eye medicine. In 1880 he moved to Strassburg where he was habilitated for ophthalmology at the University, becoming titular professor in 1884. He remained in Strassburg until his death in 1915.