We, Wilhelm, by God’s Grace King of Prussia …

Rudolf Höber's Professorial Appointment Signed by Kaiser Wilhelm, 11 February 1915

Rudolf Höber was appointed professor of physiology on the medical faculty at the University of Kiel on 11 February 1915.  All German universities were governmental institutions at the time; there was no such thing as an American-style private university.  Appointments to the exalted position of professor could only be made by the German Kaiser, at the time Kaiser Wilhelm.  Although World War I had been under way for six months, teaching at European universities continued, particularly at medical schools like that at Kiel.  The fabulous document shown here was signed by Kaiser Wilhelm himself, in pencil, and embossed with his raised seal.  This appointment certificate is one of the wonderful pieces in the Hoeber family papers collection.

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