Robert Ouvrier was born on 17 May, 1940 to parents whose families had migrated to Australia in the early 19th Century. His father had been among the Australian soldiers who served with considerable distinction in combat at the Franco-Belgian front during the First World War. Not long after Robert’s birth his father was called up to serve in the Second World War as well.
Dr. Naidu’s advocacy for patients and families with rare diseases is matched by her enthusiasm for the encouragement of the development of child neurology in India and elsewhere in the world.A role model for women she is really no less a role model for men in child neurology.
Dr. Jessell has been, for twenty years, co-author of what became Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell’s Principles of Neuroscience, and by the same trio, Essentials of Neural Science and Behavior.” These texts constitute the modern vademecum initially guiding future scientists and clinicians into neuroscience and its clinical relevance.
Niels L. Low, a long-term colleague and friend and one of the pioneers in child neurology, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 16, 1916, the third generation of a family of physicians. He attended the medical school of Charles University in Prague, transferring for his last year to the Medical College of South Carolina, Charleston, from which he graduated in 1940. A rotating internship in Racine, Wisc, from 1940 to 1941 was followed by 2 years of pediatric residency at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. It was while he was performing a spinal tap on an infant that he met a charming rotating student nurse, Mary Margaret, who was holding down the child and would become his wife of 64 years.