Manfred Steiner grew up in Austria and attended medical school there before immigrating to the United States. He went on to become America’s leading clinical hematologist while acquiring a second doctorate in biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steiner eventually taught hematology at the medical schools of Brown University and the University of North Carolina.
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As he approached retirement in his seventies, he contemplated following an old dream. As a young medical student, he had been fascinated by quantum physics, but had been unable to devote time to it. In retirement, Steiner was able to return to the passion of his youth. NPR reports that, at the ripe age of 89, Steiner has successfully defended his dissertation titled “Corrections to the Geometrical Interpretation of Bosonization.” He now plans to publish that dissertation and continue his research.
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