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Weiss, Soma (27 January 1899–31 January 1942), physician and pharmacologist, was born in Bestereze, Hungary, the son of Ignas Weiss, an architect and engineer, and Leah Kahan. In 1916 Weiss entered the Royal Hungarian University in Budapest, where he studied physiology and biochemistry under Paul Hare. Between 1918 and 1920 he served as an instructor and demonstrator at the academy. In 1919 Weiss received American praise for a paper he published on respiratory metabolism, and since the climate in Hungary after World War I was hostile toward academia, he immigrated to the United States in 1920....