Celebrating the birthday of AO founding father Robert Schneider
Today, the AO celebrates the 110th birthday of one of its founding fathers, Robert Schneider (1912–1990). He grew up bilingually in Biel, Switzerland, and was an athletic young man who was very passionate about rowing. As a member of the Biel Rowing Club, he was a natural leader, a distinguishing trait that he retained for a lifetime.
In 1977, Schneider was awarded an honorary doctorate from the medical faculty of the University of Mainz. He wrote 10 years of AO - Swiss Association for the Study of Internal Fixation and Fractures and 25 Years of AO Switzerland - Association for the Study of Internal Fixation and Fractures, both rich sources of AO information. Schneider died 1990, moments after finishing a hip arthroplasty. AO Spain dedicated its 20th anniversary symposia in 1991 to Schneider, a sign of the AO community’s high regard for him.