I was awarded a scholarship to study medicine at Freidrich-Welhilms University in Berlin and graduated in 1843 to spend some time doing medical jobs
I promoted better education, living conditions, and health conditions for the poor, and was elected to the German Parliament in 1880 to represent the German Progress Party.
Before I became a teacher at the University of Berlin, I identified and named leukemia.
In 1856 I returned to Berlin to the Chair of Pathological Anatomy and Friedrich-Welhilms University and established that all diseases can be traced back to cells and that different diseases attack different types of cells.
Before I died in 1902, I discovered I published over 2000 scientific papers and powerfully influenced medical practice, medical theory and public health practices in Germany, and eventually nationally. I was the first person to catalog conditions such as embolism, thrombosis, chordoma, and ochronosis