Arnold Theiler

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feterinary Scientist.

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24 July 1936

Lives of Courage

When a young swiss veterinarian, Arnold Theiler, set foot on African soil at Cape Town in 1891, he could not have known that he was destined to change the course of history in his adopted country. By conquering animal diseases he would stimulate its economic development and by example he would establish a culture of dedicated scientific research.

• This biography is a modified extract from the following source: Verwoerd, DW. (1999) “Arnold Theiler” from They Shaped our Century: The Most Influential South Africans of the Twentieth Century. Published by Human and Rousseau. p. 404- 409.

Last updated : 17-Feb-2011

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011