The main notable events and achievements in the life of Sir
Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann
CBE OBE FRCP FRCS MD FRS
- 3rd July 1899: Born in Tost,
Upper Silesia, Germany
- 1917:: Joined the Accident Hospital for Coalminers,
Konigshutte as an orderly where he first encountered spinal injury
and it’s deadly outcome
- 1918: Began medical studies at University
- 1919: Moved to The Medical Faculty at Freiburg
- 1923: Passed his finals with “almost
a first”! Went back to Breslau and received his MD. Started
training as Neurologist and neurosurgeon.
- 1927: Married Else
Samuel, his girlfriend from university days.
- 1928: Appointed head neurosurgeon at
State Mental Hospital, Hamburg
- 1929: Son Dennis was born
Returned to Breslau Hospital as senior neurosurgeon.
- 1930: Awarded Venia Legende as Professor
- 1933: Daughter Eva was born
Jews sacked from gentile hospitals and banned from treating gentiles
Guttmann started neurology at Breslau Jewish Hospital.
- 1934: Jewish Medical Association formed. Guttmann
- 1936: Appointed Medical Director of
Breslau Jewish Hospital.
- 1939: Arrived in England at
the invitation of The British Society for the Protection of Science
and Learning, now known as CARA. Appointed Research Fellow
at Nuffield department of Neurosurgery in Radcliffe Infirmary,
Oxford. Member of Senior Common Room at Balliol College
- 1941: Asked to submit papers to The Research
Council on Surgical aspects of spinal cord injuries and Rehabilitation
after injuries to the nervous system.
- 1943: Asked to open a Spinal unit in preparation
for the second front and granted permission to practise even
though not naturalised.
- 1944: Selected Stoke Mandeville hospital
and opened The Spinal Unit.
- 1948, July 28th: First Annual Stoke
Mandeville Games for the Paralysed.
- 1951: Unit named by government as The National
Spinal Injuries Centre
- 1952: First International Stoke Mandeville Games with
Dutch competitors. Subsequently always run every
- 1960: First International Stoke Mandeville
Games held abroad coinciding with The Olympic Games in Rome.
400 paralysed men and women from 23 countries took part in The
Olympic Stadium. The Paralympic Games were born.
- 1960: He founded The British Sports Association
for the Disabled
- 1961: He founded The International Medical
Society of Paraplegia
- 1966: Received his Knighthood
- 1967: Retired from The National Spinal Injuries
- 1976: Received The Fellowship of The Royal Society
- 18th March 1980: Died following a coronary
thrombosis in late1979.
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