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Ludwig Guttmann: Father of the Paralympic Games

15 July 2012 - 30 September 2012

In summer 2012, the London International Paralympic Games will see 4,200 athletes from over 150 countries compete in 20 sports to packed crowds. It is not widely known that the Paralympics originated with an archery contest in 1948, organised by neurologist Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany.

Sir Ludwig Guttmann

Sir Ludwig Guttmann, 1899-1980. Wellcome Library, London. Above: the first Stoke Mandeville Games, 1948 (detail). National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Discover the fascinating story of Ludwig Guttmann and the legacy of his work with this display in the ground floor galleries.

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