Collection VF08094 - Wette, Reimut, Vertical File


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Wette, Reimut, Vertical File



0.02 Linear Feet

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Biographical history

Reimut Wette was a German-American professor emeritus of biostatistics at the Washington University School of Medicine. Raised in Germany, Wette earned his master's degree in biology and his Ph.D. in biomathematics from the University of Heidelberg in the 1950s. He remained at the school as a member of its faculty until 1961 when University of Texas offered him the position of associate professor of biomathematics at the UT M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston. Wette then moved to the United States and taught at Texas until 1966.

At Washington University, he was a professor of biostatistics and applied mathematics. Wette founded and was named director of the new Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health in 1966, where he remained until 1980. When he retired in 1990, the library of the Division of Biostatistics was named in his honor.

In Wette's career, he studied the problem-oriented development and application of mathematical-statistical methods for biomedical research, in addition to the mathematical biology of neoplastic growth and radiation response. Wette was a factor in increasing the statistical awareness in clinical research at the medical school. In the medical community, he was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the American Statistical Association.

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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Immediate source of acquisition

Gift of Reimut Wette of FP001 (Verticle file A): Reprints of publications by donor, 1954-1970. Acquisition date 26 March 1982, Accession 1982-020

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See also Biostatistics, WUSM, files.

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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