Professor Rudolph Ludwig Karl Virchow, the distinguished German pathologist, anthropologist and politician, completed his eightieth year on Sunday, October 13, 1901. The event was celebrated in Berlin and in most of the medical centers of the world on Saturday, October 12.
Virchow was born in Schivelbein, a small town in Pomerania, in 1821. He was educated at the Gymnasium in Berlin, and graduated in medicine at the University in that city in 1843. After graduation he undertook the study of pathology and soon became assistant to Froriep and prosector at the Charité. With his friend Reinhardt, he founded in 1847 the Archiv, which has become the most important medical periodical in the world and ever since has borne his name. Compelled in 1849, on account of his democratic tendencies, to give up his position and residence in Berlin, Virchow removed to Würzburg, where he continued active work in pathological anatomy,