Waardenburg, Petrus Johannes

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Waardenburg, Petrus Johannes Gender: M
born on 3 June 1886 at 17:30 (= 5:30 PM )
Place Meppel, Netherlands, 52n42, 6e11
Timezone LMT m6e11 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°59' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°01 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 14°35'


Dutch ophthalmologist, geneticist, and pioneer in the application of genetics to ophthalmology, after whom Waardenburg syndrome is named. Waardenburg syndrome, or more fully, the van der Hoeve-Halbertsma-Waardenburg-Klein syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder most often characterized by varying degrees of deafness, minor defects in structures arising from the neural crest, and pigmentation anomalies. Waardenburg gave a detailed review of the syndrome in 1951. He described the syndrome as a distinct entity and found the anomalies in 12 of 840 deaf mutes.

Earlier, in 1932, Waardenburg suggested that Down syndrome might be the consequence of a chromosomal aberration, a fact which was confirmed after 27 years, by Jérôme Lejeune and his colleagues.

Between 1961 and 1974 the three volumes of Waardenburg's book Genetics and Ophthalmology were published.

Waardenburg was awarded the Royal decoration Order of the Netherlands Lion in 1957. He died on 23 September 1979 at age 93.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1957 (Royal decoration Order of the Netherlands Lion)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Drenthe archives, born at "middags half zesen uren" (half past five midday). Birth place of Nijeveen is a village which is a part of the municipality of Meppel, and lies about 5 km northwest of Meppel.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician (Ophthalmologist)
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Geneticist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Royal decoration Order of the Netherlands Lion)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Waardenburg syndrome)