The W.J. Kolff Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Materials was founded on October 8, 1997. The institute is named after Willem Johan Kolff, who developed as a first-class artistic assistant in Groningen in the 40's of the 20th century. This development saved the lives of millions of people since.
About W.J. Kolff
Prof. Dr. Willem Johan 'Pim' Kolff (1911 - 2009) is inventor of the artificial kidney (1943) and the artificial heart (1956) and a pioneer in the development of numerous organ replacement therapies in the period 1943 - 1997. He is considered worldwide as the father of the artificial organs and as one of the leading medical inventors of the twentieth century. In his career, he received thirteen honorary doctorates at universities around the world and 127 international awards. His inventions save millions of people around the world today. (Text: Willem Kolff Foundation)