Paul Ehrlich

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1854 – 1915

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Who was Paul Ehrlich?

Paul Ehrlich was a German Jewish physician and scientist who worked in the fields of hematology, immunology, and chemotherapy. He invented the precursor technique to Gram staining bacteria. The methods he developed for staining tissue made it possible to distinguish between different type of blood cells, which led to the capability to diagnose numerous blood diseases.

His laboratory discovered arsphenamine, the first effective medicinal treatment for syphilis, thereby initiating and also naming the concept of chemotherapy. Ehrlich popularized the concept of a "magic bullet". He also made a decisive contribution to the development of an antiserum to combat diphtheria and conceived a method for standardizing therapeutic serums.

In 1908, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to immunology.

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Born
Mar 14, 1854
Strzelin
Also known as
  • 保罗·埃尔利希
  • Паул Ерлих
  • Эрлих, Пауль
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
  • Germans
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • University of Leipzig
  • Wrocław University
Died
Aug 20, 1915
Bad Homburg vor der Höhe

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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