Edgar von Gierke

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Edgar Otto Conrad von Gierke (9 February 1877, Breslau – 21 October 1945, Karlsruhe) was a German doctor who specialised in glycogen synthesis. This research led him to the discovery of glycogen synthesis type I in 1929.

He received his medical doctorate at Heidelberg University in 1901, and several years later became a prosector at the municipal hospital in Karlsruhe. In 1911 he was named an associate professor of bacteriology at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe.[1]

He married Julie Braun in 1912 and fathered four children.

Glycogen storage disease type I is named for him, commonly known as Von Gierke disease.[2]