Haim Ernst Wertheimer

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Not to be confused with Ernst Wertheim.

Haim Ernst Wertheimer (Hebrew: חיים ארנסט ורטהיימר‎‎; August 24, 1893 – March 23, 1978) was an Israeli biochemist.


Wertheimer was born in Bühl, Germany in 1893 and studied in his native town and in Baden-Baden. He commenced studying medicine in 1912, initially in Berlin, Bonn and Kiel, before his studies were interrupted by World War I, where he served in a medical capacity in Flanders and Italy, and was awarded the Iron Cross, second class, and other decorations. Following the war, he completed his medical studies in Heidelberg University.[1]

In 1920–21 Wertheimer worked as a doctor at Berlin's municipal orphanage, and subsequently received a position at the Institute for Physiology, University of Halle.[1]

With the Nazi rise to power in Germany Wertheimer lost his job. In 1934 he emigrated to Mandate Palestine and accepted a job as temporary director of the Laboratory of Chemistry, at Hadassah Medical School in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He continued working at the Hadassah Medical Center until 1963,[1] and served as dean of the institution in the '50s. Werthimer is regarded as the father of the field of fat metabolism.[2]


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  1. ^ a b c "Ernst Wertheimer" (in German). catalogus-professorum-halensis. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  2. ^ Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It By Gary Taubes, p.113
  3. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1956 (in Hebrew)". 

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