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Prof.dr. Willem Johan Kolff (1911-2009)

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Below is the text of a press release issued on the occasion of the opening of the Kolff Room (transl. by the webmaster).
Kolff en Van Noordwijk (2003)
Willem Kolff and Bob van Noordwijk (2003)
KAMPEN (November 12, 2008) - On Wednesday November 12, 2008, 65 years after the first treatment with an artificial kidney of a patient, the former office of Prof. Dr. W.J. Kolff in the old Kampen town hospital (Stadsziekenhuisgebouw) was inaugurated as a museum room on Kolff and the artificial kidney. This renovated Kolff Room, an exposition, and a historical walking route are the foundations of a new touristic arrangement the Willem Kolff Stichting want to exploit as a medical-historic attraction.

In up keeping the former Stadsziekenhuisgebouw ‘De Engelenbergstichting’ as the main building of IJsselheem also the special past of this location remains accessible. Not just the unique design of the building (1913-1916, architect Willem Kromhout), but also the invention of the artificial kidney by Prof. Dr. Willem J. Kolff (1941-1950). As Martien van Goor, architect of the restaurations and new additions in 2003 stated: ‘With the building you keep the story alive’.

The Kolff Room was opened by Toos van Noordwijk, widow of the recently deceased assistant of Kolff, Bob van Noordwijk, and Jackie ten Hove, former chair of the Stichting tot Behoud van het Monumentale Ziekenhuisgebouw. Professor Kolff, now 97 years of age and living near the American city of Philadelphia, was not present due to his feeble health: he was represented by three of his five children.

At the next page a Press Release on the Kolff Memorial Symposium (Dutch language).
If you want to take an interesting tour at Kampen on the theme Willem Kolff,
we advise you one of the ’Kolff Arrangements’ (new screen; Dutch language).
Inventor for Life Willem Kolff Stichting
At this site see also De Colve IX (Szymborska on Kolff).
At other sites: check the links at right, and
Who is who in Overijssel (Dutch).
Overijssels Grootste