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Karl Theiler

Born  1920

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Swiss anatomist, born 1920. Zurich.

Biography of Karl Theiler

Karl Theiler was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied medicine at the University of Zurich, where he received his doctorate in 1945. The next two years he worked as an assistant prosector in Anatomy under the renowned Gian Töndury. In 1949 he was habilitated physician-in-chief (Prosector) at the same institution and in 1952 became appointed lecturer.

From 1953 to 1954 Karl Theiler lived in the United States where he performed scientific research with Salome-Gluecksohn-Waelsch at Columbia University, New York, and also as a summer investigator at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, with the geneticists Tibby Russel and Leroy C. Stevens.

Theiler returned to the University of Zurich in the capacity of titular professor of anatomy, and in 1963 was appointed extraordinary professor. During many years Theiler kept contact and cooperation with scientists at the Jackson Laboratory.

Presently (2003) Karl Theiler serves at the Univesity of Zurich as a honorary professor.

We thank Karl Theiler for submitting information.


  • K. Theiler, Salome-Gluecksohn-Waelsch:
    The Morphological Effects of the Fused-Mutations in the Mouse.
    The Anatomical Record, Hoboken, NJ, 1956, 125: 83-104.
  • D. W. Smith, K. Theiler, G. Schachenmann:
    Rib-gap Defect with Micrognathia, malformed tracheal cartilage and redundant skin: A new pattern of defective development.
    Journal of Pediatrics, St. Louis, 1966, 69: 799-803.
  • K. Theiler, D. S. Varnum, J. Nadeau, L. C. Stevens, B. Cagianut:
    A new Allele of Ocular Retardation, Early Development and morphogenetic Cell Death.
    Anatomy and Embryology, 1976, 150: 85-97.
  • K. Theiler, Joseph Rickenbacker, Alex Landolt:
    Applied Anatomy of the Back.
    Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Tokyo, 1982.
  • K. Theiler, Hope O. Sweet:
    Low Set Ears (Lse). A new mutation of the house mouse.
    Anatomy and Embryology, 1986, 175: 241-246.
  • K. Theiler:
    Vertebral Malformations. Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology. Springer-Verlag, New York-Berlin-Heidelberg. Volume 12, 1988.
  • K. Theiler:
    The House Mouse.
    Atlas of Embryonic Development. Springer Verlag New York, 1989.

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