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Alejandro Korn

Alejandro Korn (3 May 1860 9 October 1936) was an Argentine physician, psychiatrist, philosopher, reformist and politician. For eighteen years, he was the director of the psychiatrist hospital-colony located in Melchor Romero (a province of Buenos Aires), named as the city. He was the first university official in Latin America to be elected thanks to the students vote. He is considered to be the pioneer of Argentine philosophy. Along with Florentino Ameghino, Juan Vucentich, Almafuerte and Carlos Spegazzini, he is considered to be one of the five wise men of La Plata.

Alejandro Korn was the eldest of eight siblings. His only brother, Mauricio, would also become a doctor. In his youth, Alejandro showed an interest in culture and sport. In 1877 he settled down in Buenos Aires to study, first at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires and later at the Universidad de Buenos Aires's College of Medicine.

Afterwards, he met and married Maria Villafane, and settled in La Plata. They had seven children, four of which survived childhood. One of them, Alejandro Korn Villafane, was instrumental in the University Reform and is distinguished for his insights into catholic doctrine and his teaching position at the modern Escuela de La Plata. His other son, Guillermo Korn, was a left-wing reformer and student leader, journalist, leader of the Socialist Party and national deputy, as well as a playwright and the founder of the Teatro del Pueblo in La Plata.

Related websites

Vida de Alejandro Korn, Hospital Dr. Alejandro Korn


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