Ingeborg Rapoport
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Germany's Ingeborg Rapoport, 102, gets PhD denied by Nazis

A 102-year-old German woman has become the world's oldest person to be awarded a doctorate on Tuesday, almost 80 years after the Nazis prevented her from sitting her final exam.

Ingeborg Rapoport (then Syllm) finished her medical studies in 1937 and wrote her doctoral thesis on diphtheria - a serious problem in Germany at the time. But because of Nazi oppression she has had to wait almost eight decades before being awarded her PhD.

A special ceremony took place at Hamburg University Medical Centre in which she finally received the PhD.

  • 09 Jun 2015