Information in brackets was collected from material inside the folder. Information in
parentheses was supplied by Noordenbos's daughters in an inventory list sent prior to the
delivery of the Noordenbos papers. Information neither in brackets nor parentheses was
part of or all of the original folder title. If additional relevant material was written
on the original folder, or if the transcribed information was in question, or if there
was information that would have been transcribed had it been legible, then the original
folder cover has been cut to a manageable size and included in the final, acid-free
William Noordenbos (1910-1990) was a Dutch neurosurgeon whose contributions to the field
of pain helped inaugurate the current era of research in pain mechanisms. Noordenbos was
born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on August 11, 1910, the third child and only son of a
family prominent in medicine and science. His father was Willem Noordenbos, a general
surgeon and later dean of the medical school at the University of Amsterdam, and his
mother, Jacoba Cornelia Noordenbos-Kapteijn--the daughter of J. Kapteijn, a distinguished
academic astronomer--was one of the first female doctors in the Netherlands.
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