• Fuker, Fridrich Jakub
  • Known name forms: Fuker, Frigyes Jakab
  • Born: 1754, died: 1805
  • Fridrich Jakub Fuker (1749–1805) was born in Košice to a Lutheran family of German nationality as a son of the pharmacist Elias Fuker. He studied medicine at the newly established medical school of the University of Trnava, receiving a licentiate in 1773. After university he returned to Košice and worked as a doctor, publishing soon a book on the diseases in Hungary and developing a strong interest in the country’s botanical and mineral reserves. In 1784, he refused the offer of the town to become a senator, which would have meant giving up medical practice. In 1797, he moved as a doctor to the village of Tállya (in the Tokaj vine region) and became interested in the practice and theory of viticulture. He learned the Kossuth family of the neighbouring village Monok and was godfather to Lajos Kossuth in 1802.

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