Wolfgang Rotter

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Wolfgang Rotter (born September 17, 1910 in Berlin ; † July 9, 2000 ) was a German pathologist and university professor .


Rotter received after completing his schooling in Berlin a scholarship from the Study Foundation of the German People and graduated from the University of Berlin , a study of medicine . With the dissertation published in 1938 on a functional test of the stomach with the help of uranine excretion , Rotter received his doctorate in Berlin. med.

Rotter, a member of the NSDAP since 1930 , was active in the Luftwaffe as a medical officer from 1938 and later achieved the rank of senior staff doctor. After the outbreak of the Second World War , from January 1940, Rotter was employed at the Institute for Aviation Medical Pathology of the Reich Aviation Ministry in Freiburg with a research focus on "Deaths after general hypothermia in distress". Rotter had also received his specialist training as a pathologist from Franz Büchner at the University of Freiburg . From 1942, Rotter worked at the Aviation Medical Research Institute of the Reich Aviation Ministry in the department for brain research in Berlin-Buch . Rotter took part in the conference on medical issues in distress at sea and winter death on October 26 and 27, 1942, where a lecture was also given on the "attempts at hypothermia" in the Dachau concentration camp . Rotter also worked as an advisory pathologist for the head of the Air Force's medical services. After he was released from military service, his habilitation for the subjects of general pathology and pathological anatomy followed in December 1944 .

From 1946, Rotter worked as a lecturer and senior physician at the University of Kiel until he became an adjunct professor there in 1949. From there he moved to the University of Giessen in 1954 , where he was a full professor of pathology and pathological anatomy. From the beginning of October 1960 until his retirement at the end of September 1978, Rotter was Professor of Pathology at the University of Frankfurt and was dean of the medical faculty there in 1965/66. Rotter, who was also a scientist in retirement, devoted himself to research into cardiovascular and kidney pathology and made a contribution to the further development of nephrology .

Rotter, who was married and had children, lived in the last phase of his life in Bad Nauheim in the retirement home of the Hessen State Medical Association and died of a tumor disease.

Honors and offices

  • First chairman of the Frankfurt Medical Society
  • Badge from the human medicine department at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main


  • Textbook of Pathology , the multi-volume work was published in several editions until 1985.
  • Color atlas of kidney biopsy: pathology of glomerular diseases . Stuttgart New York 1983.
  • Pathological-histological course in Wolfenbüttel . Hanover 1949.


Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Klaus Hübner: From Hessian Doctors - Professor Dr. Wolfgang Rotter, MD, September 17, 1910 - July 9, 2000 . In: Hessisches Ärzteblatt 11/2000, p. 492
  2. ^ A b Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Third Reich , Frankfurt am Main 2007, p. 511