October 02, 2022

Rudolf Weigl (Biologist) Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 2, 2022

Short Biography

Rudolf Weigl was born on 02-09-1883 in Prerov, Olomouc, Czech Republic. He was a Polish Biologist, Physician, Researcher, Inventor, Scientist, Parasitologist & Founder of Weigl Institute (now called "Lviv Centre of Institute for Space Research"). He made the first effective vaccine in 1930 against epidemic (louse-borne) typhus.

Rudolf Weigl Complete Bio & Career

Rudolf Stefan Weigl was a great Polish biologist, physician, and inventor born in the Austro-Hungarian town of Przeroin in 1883. He is a native german speaker. He moved to Poland and learn language and culture later after his father's death. He studied biological sciences at Poland’s Lwow University.  He also worked as a Parasitologist in the Polish Army in 1914.

He is well known for his discovery of the first developed vaccine against epidemic Typhus an infectious disease. Later he researched how to use lice to propagate deadly bacteria. He had been studying for about 10 years. He then developed a vaccine for the same in 1936. In 1946, he was nominated for two Nobel Prize nominations but did not receive one.

The polisher made a big contribution to the development of society, during Holocaust. Despite he saved the lives of Jewish men and women. He provided them shelter to live. In,2003, the biologist was honored as Righteous Among the Nations. He founded the Weigl Institute in Lwów.

 He enforced opening a vaccine production plant during the outbreak of World War 2. He saved about 5000 people by this vaccine and made direct efforts to protect his neighbors by distributing thousands of vaccine doses nationwide. He died in the Polish mountain resort of Zakopane in 1957. The google doodle is going to celebrate his138th birthday as a Polish biologist.


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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Rudolf Weigl died at the age of 73 on 11-08-1957 at the Polish mountain resort in Zakopane, Poland. The monument of Rudolf Weigl is located in Wroclaw, (banks of Oder River), Western Poland.

DEATHDAY 11 August,1957 (Thursday)
DEATH PLACE Zakopane, Malopolskie

Rudolf Weigl Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was married to Zofia Weigl.

Life's Important Dates Of Rudolf Weigl

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Jas?o, Poland
Nationality Polish
Religion Judaism
Address Zakopane, Malopolskie, Poland
School N/A
College Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine
Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine
Qualification Doctorate Degrees in Histology, Zoology & Comparative Anatomy
Hobbies Reading
Marital Status Married
Debut Became Assistant Professor in 1913 under Professor J. Nusbaum–Hilarowicz
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A
Best Known for Inventor of Vaccine against Epidemic Typhus


Favorite Color Black, White
Favorite Dress Coat Paint

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Rudolf Weigl

  • He was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army's medical services during World War-I in 1914.
  • He was the founder of the Weigl Institute where he did his research works. The institute has been renamed as Lviv Institute for Typhus and Virus Research.
  • In 1930, he Invented the first effective vaccine against epidemic (louse-borne) typhus.
  • He was nominated twice for a Nobel Prize, but he never received the Nobel Prize.
  • He was honored by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations in 2003 for saving countless Jewish lives.
  • On his 138th birthday i.e. 02-09-2021, Google honored him with a doodle.

Rudolf Weigl Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Rudolf Weigl was 73 years 11 months & 9 days old age.