Biography of Heinrich Werner
Heinrich Werner studied at the Kaiser-Wilhelms-Akademie from 1893 to 1899. He subsequently served as a health officer – Assistentarzt and Oberarzt – with the Schutztruppen in German East Africa. During World War I, these Schutztruppen, led by General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870-1964) were the only German colonial troops to fight during the entire war. From 1904 to 1906 he participated as a staff physician in the extermination war against the hereros in South West Africa.
From 1906 to 1913 he was assistant, respectively head of the clinical department – the Seemannkrankenhaus – at the Institut für Schiffs- und Tropenhygiene in Hamburg. From 1914 he was head physician to the Schutztruppe as well as Medizinalreferent to the Gouvernement Kamerun. At the beginning of World War I he participated in the fights in Neu-Kamerun and subsequently served as corps- and army hygienist in Belgium, Russia, and Romania. After the end of the war he was retired with the title of Generaloberst, settling in practice as a specialist in infectious diseases in Berlin.
Werner’s work concerns protozoological studies, tropical diseases, but also anthropological, ethnological, and linguistic research.