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Hans Much

Born 1880
Died 1932

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German bacteriologist, born March 24, 1880, Zechlin, Regierungsbezirk Potsdam; died November 28, 1932, Hamburg.

Biography of Hans Much

Hans Much studied in Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin, and Würzburg, where he obtained his doctorate in 1903. He then went to the hygienical institute Behring in Marburg as assistant, becoming head of department in 1905. In 1907 Hermann Albert Dietrich Lenhartz (1854-1910) called him to Hamburg-Eppendorf, where he subsequently worked as head of the institute for experimental therapy, serology and bacteriology, and for 10 years was head of the tuberculosis research institute. He became titular professor in 1914, professor extraordinary in 1919.

Besides his medical works, Much was also a prolific author of works on art history, philosophy and popular literature, as well as history of medicine. He was a co-founder of the Bund für buddhistisches Leben, a society of Buddhists.

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