Emil Theodor Kocher

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Emil Theodor Kocher was born in Bern, Switzerland back in 1841 to Jakob and Barbara.  The family moved to Burgdorf, he moved back to Bern where he went to middle and high school.  He started his studies in 1858 at the University of Bern.  He obtained his doctorate in 1865.  At 30 you could find him as a professor at the University of Bern.

He served in that capacity for 45 years. During his tenure he published 249 scholarly articles and books, trained numerous medical doctors, treated thousands of patients.  His success was due to many things, but we’ll cover a few.  He was insistent on the implementation of antiseptic wound treatment, the monitoring of the anesthesia and the small amount of blood loss.  On 23 July 1917, he was called to the hospital for an emergency, he felt unwell and went to bed after the surgery, falling unconscious he died 4 days later.

What you may not know about Dr. Kocher is that he was the first Swiss citizen and first surgeon to ever receive a Nobel Prize. 

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Comments (19)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - the value of antiseptic certainly saved many lives back then.  I am sure he made a bid difference with mortality.

Mar 03, 2021 03:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Another "unsung" hero who contributed much to our lives, James. Bern is one of my favorite Swiss cities... I've been there a number of times.

Mar 03, 2021 03:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

He contributed heavily to the medical field.


Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 03, 2021 04:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Mar 03, 2021 04:28 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 


Mar 03, 2021 04:44 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he had some impressive skills, but what is it that caused his death?

Mar 03, 2021 04:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Happy that he was the first Swiss to receive the Nobel prize,  and antiseptics matter to this day.  A

Mar 03, 2021 04:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - the achievements achieved in medicine continue to this day.  

Mar 03, 2021 05:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another day of being introduced to a person I would have never known about without you. Thanks! Enjoy your day. 

Mar 03, 2021 05:11 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

These incredible people who contributed major innovations and discovery to extend and save lives are fascinating.

Mar 03, 2021 06:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A well deserved Nobel Prize I might add James Dray . Today it seems they are given on political grounds more then actual merit.

Mar 03, 2021 06:15 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray quite a big distinction indeed. Thank you!

Mar 03, 2021 06:40 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A welcome recipient of a well deserved honor. When the enemy remains unseen he likely had a difficult time getting over that hump before convincing others of the necessity of his suggested actions. Thank you for lighting the way Dr. Kocher!

Mar 03, 2021 10:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James-his accomplishments definitely made an impact in our medical world and I thank him. 

Mar 03, 2021 11:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That's a lot of writing!! He certainly contributed in significant ways to the medical field!


Mar 03, 2021 01:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I love reading about those who did what has never been done before & being the first swiss citizen & doctor to receive the Noble Prize is certainly a monumental achievement. Thanks for telling  Dr. Kocher's story James!

Mar 03, 2021 02:41 PM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Very interesting.  There are so many people who have done some extraordinary things in their lifetime.  Thank you for sharing information about Dr. Kocher

Mar 03, 2021 06:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing. I can honestly say that I did not know that James Dray 

Mar 03, 2021 06:39 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

A doctor. An educator. A scholar. A tireless worker. A Noble Prize recipient. An amazing individual!

Sep 07, 2021 12:55 PM