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Professor Selma Meyer: Personality

The Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf mentoring programme owes its name to Germany's first female pediatric professor: Selma Meyer (1881-1958). Selma Meyer was the first female professor in pediatrics, the second at a German medicinal faculty and until 1932 the only female professor at the medicinal academy in Düsseldorf. 

In 1916, following the admission of women to study medicine, Selma Meyer successfully earned her doctorate. After a practical year at the Berliner Charity, the gifted scientist was invited by professor Arthur Schlossmann to the Düsseldorf children's clinic in 1917, where, in 1921, she was named head doctor. In 1922, Selma Meyer was habilitated and became the first appointed female pediatrics professor in Düsseldorf, Germany. She practiced and taught at the Düsseldorf medical academy until the expulsion of Jewish professors in September 1933. Up until that moment she had zealously pursued her path in the treatment of children and in research, thereby making herself well known. She emigrated to the USA in 1939 where she opened a children's clinic in New York and worked there until her death.

Her inspiring example stands for the achievement of goals with academic, practical and ethical aspirations with which she paved the way through a patrimonial world.


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