102 years old German woman succesfully defends PhD thesis


German paediatrician Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport receives her doctoral certificate during a ceremonial presentation at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, 09 June 2015. At the age of 102, the doctor successfully completed her doctoral oral examination at the UKE. Syllm-Rapoport finished her dissertation thesis on diphtheria in 1937/38, but was denied entrance to the oral exam by the National Socialist university officials because of her Jewish heritage.

… taking the concept of a “full life” to another dimension

On Tuesday, a woman 102 years old defended her Phd thesis

She completed her dissertation on diphtheria in 1938.

In 1938, Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport was prevented by Nazis from taking the exam required for her Phd thesis. Her mother was Jewish.

She quickly moved to the United States, just before the war started. In the US, she was made to take two more years at Med school, although she had graduated from a German faculty.

In 1946, she got married. But then her husband was prosecuted duri...

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