Karl Hugo Huppert
|Karl Hugo Huppert|
29 January 1832|
|Died||19 October 1904
|Influences||Karl Gotthelf Lehmann|
Life and achievements
Karl Hugo Huppert, son of a wood turner and merchant, Christian Huppert, studied in Leipzig as a pupil of Karl Gotthelf Lehmann (1863-1863) and in Jena. In 1960 he was appointed head of the chemical laboratory of the Jakob Hospital in Leipzig. In 1862 he took his doctoral examination in medicine and in the same year he acquired his postdoctoral qualification in biochemistry and was in charge of what was then called “Zoochemisches Labor”. He took up teaching at the university for the next ten years.
While still in Leipzig Huppert became professor ordinary in 1872, but the same year he accepted a call Prag to the newly established chair of applied medicinal chemistry at the Charles University and became to first to teach the new discipline in 1872.
Among the many issues in physiological and pathological chemistry he worked on he was mainly concerned with the formation of the body's own substances like hemoglobin, bilirubin and glycogen.He documented his findings in numerous publications. Among his pupils were eminent researchers, e. g. Rudolf von Jaksch, Otto Kahler and Franz Hofmeister.
Huppert was engaged in a committee of the faculty concerned with restructuring the program of medical study.
In 1878/79 und 1902/03 he was dean of the medical faculty and in 1895/96 he was rector of the university.
Walter Koerting (1974), "Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German) (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot) 10: 76–76",
- The German term “Zoochemie” (animal chemistry) is no longer used today; its dated definition can be found here
- List of his seminars and lectures from 1861 to 1872 here