7 November 2018

Dr. Dario Piombino-Mascali: “I will always cherish my time here”

Dr. Dario Piombino-Mascali is a bioarchaelogist, anthropologist, and senior researcher in biological anthropology at Vilnius University. He is also a lecturer in paleoanthropology and forensic anthropology at the University of...

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6 November 2018

Rectors‘ Scholarship Contest Begins – Apply Now!

    In 2017 rectors of University of Tartu, University of Latvia and Vilnius University (VU) announced a joint scholarship contest for promoting the learning and teaching of the Estonian, Latvian and...

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5 November 2018

Vilnius University once again strengthens its position in regional rankings

Recently published  QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) revealed Vilnius University’s (VU) improved positions. VU remained in the top 20 and now appears at a record-high 17th...

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29 October 2018

Vilnius University Symbols: Coat of Arms, Academic Regalia and Traditional Ceremonies

Vilnius University (VU) Press recently published a new book by Dr. Ramūnas Kodratas and Daiva Kubeckienė from Vilnius University Museum. The book, titled “Vilnius University Symbols: Coat of Arms, Academic...

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Joseph Frank

Joseph FrankTwo famous medical men from Vienna, Johann Peter Frank (1745—1821) and his son Joseph (1771—1842), were invited to Vilnius University by the Rector in 1804. The father stayed in Vilnius for ten months, but even during this short period he managed to establish a therapeutic clinic and worked out a plan for the reorganisation of the Medical faculty. After he left for St.Petersburg, his son Joseph Frank took over the therapeutic clinic.

Joseph Frank also headed the Department of Pathology and laid the background for the Museum of Pathology Anatomy. He also founded one of the first vaccination institutes in Europe (1808), the Maternity Institute (1809), the Out-patients' Clinic (1807), etc. The Vilnius Medical Society, the first of its kind in Lithuania and Poland, was founded on the initiative of Professor Joseph Frank. One of the great things he did was to rear a number of talented professors of medicine out of his students.

Professor J. Frank together with his wife Kristin Gerhardy, a talented Viennese singer, took an active part in the cultural life of the city. The philanthrophic activities of Joseph Frank and the help he gave to the poor must have reached Honoré de Balzac – Le D. Benassis, the main hero in the novel Le Medicin de Compagne (1832—1833) is said to possess some features of the famous professor.

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