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Herbert Wertheim, OD '67, will join media mogul Roger Ailes, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio as a recipient of this year's Horatio Alger Awards to be presented in Washington D.C.
The Horatio Alger Award is given to individuals who rise from humble beginnings and triumph over adversity. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Wertheim grew up in Florida and later earned his GED while in the U.S. Navy.
He later worked at NASA, where he designed vision and neurological instrumentation systems that won him a medical scholarship that allowed him to earn his bachelor's degree and then attend SCO.
Following his graduation from SCO in 1967, he practiced optometry and later studied electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. He continued post-doctoral research as adjunct professor of physics and a visiting researcher and lecturer at the Bascom Palmer Institute at the University of Miami Medical School.
Dr. Wertheim practiced optometry before founding Brain Power Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of ophthalmic instruments and chemicals. He was the first to stress that UV light was the principal cause of cataracts and retinal and macular deterioration.
His inventions of therapeutic tints, UV absorbers for eyeglasses, and thousands of other products have helped millions retain their eyesight. He holds more than 100 patents and trademarks and continues lecture worldwide.
Congratulations to Dr. Wertheim for his well-deserved recognition.