Paula Hertwig

Paula Julie Elisabeth Hertwig (1889 - 1993) 300

Paula Julie Elisabeth Hertwig (1889 – 1993) was a German biologist and geneticist.

In the course of her scientific career Hertwig belonged to multiple faculties. During her Berlin days (until 1946) she worked in research at the Medical Faculty with a university teaching position; in the Faculty of Philosophy in Berlin becoming the first woman to receive ‘Habilitation’ (1919); in the Faculty of Agriculture (for 25 years she worked in an agricultural institute of genetics).

In 1946 Paula Hertwig took up the chair in biology in the Faculty of Medicine, the Martin Luther University in Halle, the first woman on the Board of the faculty. Elected a member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina and of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences.

Eponymously remembered fro her description of Hertwig-Weyers syndrome in 1942

  • Born October 11, 1889 in Berlin
  • 1916 – Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Berlin
  • University professor and researcher at the Institut für Vererbungsforschung (institute for research on inheritance) in Berlin
  • Died 1993

Medical Eponyms
Hertwig-Weyers syndrome (1942, 1957)

Congenital disorder associating ulnar and digital aplasia with ankylosis of the elbow, cleft palate and renal and sternal abnormalities.

Major Publications



Paula Hertwig: A radiant intellect. Epigenesys

Graduated from Southampton Medical School in 2017 with BMBS. Working in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Emergency Department in Perth, Australia.

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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