Emiel Lauwers studied at the minor seminary in Roeselare, together with Albrecht Rodenbach. One of his teachers was Hugo Verriest with whom he launched the magazine De Nieuwe Tijd. In 1886 Lauwers and Verriest were involved with Gezelle’s translation of The Song of Hiawatha. Lauwers studied medicine in Leuven and in 1888 he settled as a surgeon in Kortrijk, where he worked a the Holy-Heart hospital. In 1896 he founded a new hospital (St Antonius institute), together with Alfons Depla and Roose. Furthermore he translated German and English medical texts.