Roland Reinhard Wauer was born on 1 January 1942 in Treuenbrietzen, Germany.
Inspired by Latin lessons at school, Roland Wauer decided to study medicine. He completed his pre-clinical studies in Sofia, Bulgaria, and his clinical studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He began his specialist training in Paediatrics in Zittau, Germany, where he had spent his childhood. His chief physician there, with whom he shared a keen interest in innovation and the development of new equipment, recommended him to Ingeborg Rapoport at the Charité in Berlin, a turning point in Roland Wauer's life.
In Berlin, he met his wife Brigitte, with whom he had two daughters. His special scientific interest already at this time was the 'perinatal lung', which determined his research focus for many years to come. The Respiratory Function Laboratory for Newborns, which he initiated, was to receive his special attention until the end of his active professional activity as clinic director. The knowledge gained there not only ensured better care for premature and sick newborns, but also flowed into many publications and always stimulated professional exchange. Always open to new ideas and consistent in their implementation, he recognised that joint perinatal care for pregnant women and newborns, with intensive involvement of the parents, was the best way for children to grow up healthy.
At the end of the 1990s, on his initiative, the first social pedagogue was employed exclusively for parent counselling in neonatal inpatient care in Germany; in 2006, a camera system (Baby-Watch) was successfully installed for the first time at a German neonatal clinic at the Charité - the family should be able to visit the new family member via the internet.
A key feature of Roland Wauer's personality was his ability to show doctors and scientists the many opportunities for fulfilment in their careers and in research by challenging and encouraging them. As Vice Dean for Young Scientists, he was instrumental in the introduction of junior professorships at the Charité. When his students today look back on their time together with Roland Wauer, the many facets of his professional life have left a deep impression.
As a teacher, he passed on his knowledge to generations of paediatricians. As a scientist, he taught that curiosity and responsibility for the utilisation of new clinical findings are a valuable asset. As a human being, he always conveyed esteem and respect in dealing with the patients entrusted to him and their parents.