Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow(October 13, 1821, in Schivelbein[?],Pomerania -September 5, 1902, in Berlin)
Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow was a German doctor, pathologist, biologist, and politician.Virchow studied medicine in Berlin at the military academy of Prussia, where hegraduated in 1843. He became professor in 1847. Due to political reasons, he movedto Würzburg two years later, where he worked on anatomy. In 1856, he returned to Berlin.
One of Virchows most famous rules is Omnis cellula e cellula ("every cell originatesfrom another cell"). This relates to his findings that not the whole organism, but onlycertain cells or groups of cells can become sick. Virchow founded the medicaldisciplines of cellular pathology , comparative pathology (Comparison ofdiseases common to humans and animals), anthropology and ethnology.
Virchow also worked as a politician to improve the health care conditions for theBerlin citizens, namely working towards modern water and sewer systems.