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David Klein

Born  1908
Died  1993

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Swiss human geneticist and ophthalmologist, born 1908, Falkau, Austria-Hungary; died 1993.

Biography of David Klein

David Klein was educated in Freiburg and Basel. After graduating from the University of Basel in 1934, he worked at the Rheinau Psychiatric Clinic, Zurich. He then moved to Geneva as scientific assistant to professor Adolphe Franceschetti (1896-1968) at the ophthalmological clinic. He was appointed full professor in 1970 and retired in 1978 with the status of professor emeritus. After this he was active as consultant in human genetics at the ophthalmological clinic, Geneva, and the school of amblyopic and blind children in Baar, a small town north of Zug, capital of the canton Zug in Switzerland.

We thank Frederick Hecht for information submitted.


  • G. Koch:
    Ein beispielhaftes Forscherleben. Moderne Medizin, 1979, 7: 526.

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