Switzerland (1971 SG820)
Jules Gonin (1870 – 1935)
Jules Gonin was born in Lusanne
and obtained his medical degree in the University of Lusanne.
He is widely regarded as the pioneer
of retinal detachment surgery. He presented his ground
breaking theory that retinal detachment
was related to retinal tears in the 1904 International
Congress of Ophthalmology held
in Lusanne. In subsequent years he presented clinical
evidence that retinal detachment
can be cured by closing the retinal holes using cautery.
His studies made him internationally
renowned and ophthalmologists from all over the world
came to Lusanne to learn his techniques.
He was considered for the Noble
Prize of Medicine prior to his death in 1935.