Ignác Hirschler (1823 - 1891)

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Nicknames: "Ignatz"
Birthplace: Pressburg (Bratislava), Slovakia, Pre-1914 Hungary
Death: Died in Budapest, Magyarország
Occupation: Physician, Pioneer in Eye Surgery
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Ignác Hirschler

Member of the Hungarian House of Barons, Member in Correspondence with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ordinary Member of the Hungarian Health Committee, Cavalier of III Class of the Iron Crown.

"Hungarian oculist, he studied medicine at Vienna. After practising for two years at Paris he went to Budapest, where he achieved a reputation as an oculist. He wrote several works on the influence of alcohol and nicotine on the vision, on clinical treatment of the eyes, and on the pigments of the retina. He was a corresponding member of the Royal Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and was made a life-member of the Hungarian House of Magnates by Francis Joseph I. in recognition of his services to Hungarian Judaism. From 1860 until his death he was the intellectual leader of Jewish affairs in Hungary, being for some years president of the Jewish community of Pest. A personal friend of Baron Joseph Eötvös, he became his closest adviser when, as minister of public instruction and worship, Eötvös convened the Jewish congress at Budapest (1868) for regulating the Jewish communal institutions, of which congress Hirschler was elected president. His intelligence and zeal gave a remarkable impetus to the intellectual development of the Hungarian Jews, but the bitter conflicts which divided Judaism finally induced him to retire."

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Ignác Hirschler's Timeline

1823
March 3, 1823
Pressburg (Bratislava), Slovakia, Pre-1914 Hungary
1857
September 23, 1857
Age 34
Bratislavský kraj, Slovakia
1891
November 11, 1891
Age 68
Budapest, Magyarország
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