Dr. Leopold Fuchs

Abstract

On July 1962, Professor Leopold Fuchs died in Vienna. He was Director of the Institute of Pharmacology of the Vienna University as well as doctor in technology and chemical engineer. He was one of the first collaborating scientists in the United Nations Opium Research Programme, and his papers in the series of technical documents of the United Nations laboratory were of considerable value in the research Programme of the division of Narcotic Drugs.

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Pages: 43 to 43
Creation Date: 1963/01/01

Dr. Leopold Fuchs

On July 1962, Professor Leopold Fuchs died in Vienna. He was Director of the Institute of Pharmacology of the Vienna University as well as doctor in technology and chemical engineer. He was one of the first collaborating scientists in the United Nations Opium Research Programme, and his papers in the series of technical documents of the United Nations laboratory were of considerable value in the research Programme of the division of Narcotic Drugs.

Professor Fuchs was born in Vienna on 24 February 1899, and studied at the Polytechnicum in Vienna, where he obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1923. He studied pharmacology at the University of Vienna.

In 1923, Professor Fuchs entered the Institute of Pharmacognosy in Vienna and in 1926 became Assistant to the Director, Professor Wasicky. He was called to the direction of the institute in 1946, and became Dean to the Faculty of Philosophy in 1953.

The scientific work of Professor extends in several fields, and he might well be one of the last examples of the universal scientific minds: in almost 100 publications, he dealt with opium and its alcaloids and a great number of other drugs. He was one of the masters of chromatographic research and helped tremendously in improving the application of that method.

Professor Fuchs was known the world over by his fellow-scientists for the enormous amount of knowledge he had stored in his broad mind. He was not only a great teacher, but was able to appreciate the role of science in the modern world: he co-operated with the Austrian Commission on Pharmacology and the Austrian Commission for the Nations Opium Research Programme.

To the university of Vienna, to the collaborators and students of Professor Fuchs and to his family, the editors of the Bulletin wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy.