Frederic Lewy

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Frederic Lewy
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Dr. Lewy, c. 1920
Friedrich Heinrich Lewy

January 28, 1885
DiedOctober 5, 1950 (aged 65)
Resting placeHaverford Friends, Haverford, Pennsylvania
Known forLewy bodies

Frederic Henry Lewey[1] (born Friedrich Heinrich Lewy, January 28, 1885[2] – October 5, 1950) was a prominent Jewish German-born American neurologist. He is best known for the discovery of Lewy bodies, which are a characteristic indicator of Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.[3]

Lewy was born in Berlin, Germany on January 28, 1885. He trained in Berlin and Zürich and graduated from Berlin in 1910. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1933,[4] and died in Haverford, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1950, aged 65. Lewy worked in Alois Alzheimer's Munich laboratory and was contemporary with Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt (1885–1964), Alfons Maria Jakob (1884–1931) and Ugo Cerletti (1877-1963). He later fled Nazi Germany and moved to the United States.


  1. ^ He is consistently referred to as "Lewy", although he changed his names during his years in the U.S, ending up with "Lewey".
  2. ^ Friedrich H. Lewy at Who Named It?
  3. ^ Rodrigues e Silva AM, Geldsetzer F, Holdorff B, et al. (September 2010). "Who was the man who discovered the "Lewy bodies"?". Mov. Disord. 25 (12): 1765–73. doi:10.1002/mds.22956. PMID 20669275.
  4. ^ Holdorff B (March 2002). "Friedrich Heinrich Lewy (1885-1950) and his work". J Hist Neurosci. 11 (1): 19–28. doi:10.1076/jhin. PMID 12012571.

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