Gerhard Thews

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Gerhard Thews (born July 22, 1926 in Königsberg i. Pr. , † February 16, 2003 ) was a German physiologist and professor at the University of Mainz .

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As the son of the administrative inspector Richard Thews and his wife Margarete geb. Hecht was born in Königsberg in East Prussia , where Gerhard Thews also attended primary school from 1932 to 1936 and then the state high school at the castle. Immediately after taking his school leaving examination in 1944, he was called up for military service, and after his release from British captivity , he was able to start studying natural sciences at the University of Kiel in the winter semester 1945/1946 . After eight semesters as neat students and another two as a guest student he passed in 1950 the diploma for physics . A short-term assistant at the Physiological Institute followed before he received a research assignment from the German Research Foundation . With the summer semester of 1951, Thews finally took up a degree in medicine , in which he passed the preliminary medical examination after four more semesters . 1954 doctorate Gerhard Thews at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Kiel to Dr. rer. nat. (see writings).

In February 1957 Thews then took up an assistant position at the Physiological Institute of Kiel University, which he held until 1962. During this time he finished his medical studies with an exam in 1957 and received his doctorate from the medical faculty of the house for Dr. med. This was followed by his habilitation at the same institute in 1959 , after which he initially took up a teaching position as a private lecturer (physiology) at the University of Kiel , before he was transferred to an unscheduled professorship in 1962 . In 1963 Thews was appointed head of the Department of Vegetative Physiology at the Physiological Institute of the University of Kiel. In 1964 he was appointed to the chair of physiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and at the same time became director of the physiological institute there. 1968–1969 he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine there. Gerhard Thews retired in 1994 as head of the Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology of University Medicine for many years .

In 1990 he was elected a member of the Leopoldina .

Among the activities at functionary level, the following should be emphasized:

  • 1968–1969 Chairman of the German Physiological Society (DPG)
  • 1970–1972 Member of the Science Council , Chairman of the Scientific Commission (1972)
  • 1974–1975 President of the International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue (ISOTT)
  • 1974–1995 member of the Presidium of the Medical Faculty Conference
  • 1985–1993 President of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz

Thews was the author and editor of several textbooks that are considered standard works . The textbook Physiology of Humans , published together with Robert F. Schmidt , appeared in numerous editions.


Gerhard Thews Prize

The Gerhard Thews Prize, endowed with 1000 EUR, has been awarded annually since 2010 "for the best medical and scientific doctoral thesis at the Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology" at the University of Mainz.

Award winners
  • 2010 Dr. Jula Huppert
  • 2011 Dr. Christoph Zehendner and Dr. Jenq-Wei Yang

Fonts (selection)

  • A fast-registering absorption spectrophotometer for studying biological dyes. Dissertation from July 30, 1954, University of Kiel.
  • Oxygen Diffusion in Hemoglobin and Myoglobin Solutions: A Contribution to the Question of Oxygen Uptake in the Lungs. Dissertation from January 17, 1958, University of Kiel.
  • The oxygen diffusion in the brain: A contribution to the question of the oxygen supply of the organs. Habilitation thesis from May 13, 1959, University of Kiel.

as well as around 100 other specialist publications.

Textbooks (selection)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Gerhard Thews. In: Kürschner's German Scholars Calendar 2003.
  2. Katharina Weisrock: Obituary for Gerhard Thews. In: Akademie-Journal, Heft 1, 2003, p. 45. (PDF; 23 kB) accessed on September 24, 2013.
  3. Gerhard Thews: A fast-registering absorption spectrophotometer for the investigation of biological dyes. Resume.
  4. Gerhard Thews: The oxygen diffusion in hemoglobin and myoglobin solutions: A contribution to the question of oxygen uptake in the lungs. Resume.
  5. a b c d e f g h Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. (em.) Gerhard Thews. on rlp research, accessed September 24, 2013.
  6. a b c Mainz neuroimmunologist Jula Huppert receives the Gerhard Thews Prize. Award for successful multiple sclerosis research. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  7. a b c d e Gerhard Thews. In: Who is who? The German who's who. Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin.
  8. ^ Gerhard Thews Prize to two neuroscientists at the Mainz University Medical Center. Award for successful basic research. Retrieved September 24, 2013.