Lives of the fellows

Walter Hermann Hörl

b.11 July 1945 d.25 June 2013
MD Würzburg(1973) PhD Bochum(1977) FRCP(1998)

Walter Hermann Hörl was head of the department of nephrology at the University of Vienna, Austria. He was born in Dirlewang, Bavaria, Germany. His father, Martin Hörl, was a salesman; his mother, Anna Hörl, was a housewife. He went to school in Pfaffenhausen and then high school in Kaufbeuren, and went on to study medicine and biology at the University of Würzburg. He received his MD in 1973.

From 1974 to 1976 he was a research fellow in the department of physiological chemistry at the University of Bochum. He then joined the department of medicine back in Würzburg as a clinical fellow. From 1983 to 1990 he was a consultant in the department of nephrology, University of Freiburg. He then moved to the University of Homberg, where he was head of the department of nephrology. From 1992 he was head of nephrology at the University of Vienna in Austria. He was an outstanding teacher and students in Vienna elected him teacher of the month and of the year on several occasions.

He carried out pioneering research into a number of fields, including immunodeficiency in uraemia, uraemic toxins and renal anaemia. He authored and co-authored 594 articles, numerous chapters and his own books. From 1998 he was the editor of Nephronews, which he founded, a highly-respected journal in clinical nephrology in the Germany-speaking world.

He was a council member of ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association) from 1999 to 2002 and congress president in 2001.

He was presented with a number of awards, including the Nils Alwall prize, the International Distinguished medal of the National Kidney Foundation, USA, the Albert Struyvenberg medal of the European Society of Clinical Investigation and the Franz Volhard medal of the German Society for Nephrology.

Outside medicine he enjoyed tennis and classical music.

In 1970 he married Ursula Mathilde Hörl. They had three sons.

RCP editor

[ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association) In memory of Prof Dr Walter Hörl, Vienna/Austria, (1945-2013)örl_obituary.html – accessed 14 November 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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