Dr. August Paul von Wassermann

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Dr. August Paul von Wassermann

Birthplace: Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
Death: March 16, 1925 (59)
Berlin, Germany
Place of Burial: Berlin, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Angelo von Wassermann and Dora von Wassermann (Bauer)
Husband of Alice von Wassermann (von Taussig)
Father of Dr. Robert von Wassermann and Franz von Wassermann
Brother of Max von Wassermann and Eugen von Wassermann

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August Paul von Wassermann (21 February 1866 - 16 March 1925) was a German bacteriologist.

Born in Bamberg, he studied at several universities throughout Germany, and in 1890 began to work under Robert Koch at the Institute for Infectious Diseases at the Charité in Berlin. He developed a complement fixation test for the diagnosis of syphilis in 1906, just one year after the causative organism had been identified; this allowed for early detection of the disease (despite its nonspecific symptoms), and thus prevention of transmission. He became head of the department of therapeautics and serum research in 1907.

1913 Direktor des Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituts für experimentelle Therapie in Berlin Dahlem

The Wassermann test remains a staple of syphilis detection and prevention in some areas, although it has often been replaced by more modern alternatives.

He was the first recipient of the Aronson Prize in 1921.

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Dr. August Paul von Wassermann's Timeline

February 21, 1866
Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
January 8, 1897
Berlin, Germany
March 16, 1925
Age 59
Berlin, Germany
Urnenfriedhof Gerichtstraße, Berlin, Germany