Sometimes it takes a while to get what you want. Seventy-seven years after pediatrician Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, was banned from receiving her PhD, she has finally got her degree. She wasn’t allowed to defend her doctoral thesis in 1938 under the Nazis because her mother was Jewish. Nearly eight decades later, she has became the world’s oldest recipient of a doctorate – at the age of 102. She is a neo-natologist, a specialist in caring for newborns.
She cleared the final hurdle last month by passing an oral exam and received her doctorate in a ceremony at Hamburg University in Germany on Tuesday. Syllm-Rapoport stressed in her acceptance speech that she went through all the efforts of getting the degree at her advanced age not for herself, but for all the others who suffered from injustice during the Third Reich,
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