Osler archives home page

Search the archives

Browse the archives

Description of holdings

Hours and contact information

Information for archives users

Other special collections

Links to other archives

Web master

Detailed Record

Title

Wilder Penfield Fonds

Wilder Penfield Fonds

Physical Description

80 m of textual records, photographs, negatives.

Dates

ca 1920-1976

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Born in Spokane, Washington, Wilder Penfield received his B.Litt. from Princeton University in 1913 and was a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford (B.A.1916). He received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1918. Studying under Sir Charles Sherrington at Oxford, Penfield became interested in the brain. From 1921 to 1928 he engaged in research and neurosurgery at the Presbyterian Hospital and served on the Medical Faculty of Columbia University. Appointed to the Medical Faculty of McGill University in 1928, he was Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery from 1934 to 1960. An endowment from the Rockefeller Foundation enabled him to establish the Montreal Neurological Institute (M.N.I.), which opened in 1934. At the M.N.I. Penfield made many innovations in neurosurgery including a surgical treatment for epilepsy. He devoted much of his research to the study of the physiology of the brain, speech memory and sensation. Besides his numerous scientific publications, Penfield wrote two novels and participated in a large number of professional organizations. Dr. Penfield was a member of the Board of Curators of the Osler Library.

Scope and Content

The fonds contains the personal and professional records of Dr. Penfield prior to and during his career at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Finding Aids

Searchable/browsable database of the fonds is available.

Custodial History

Language

The documents are in English

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Title based on the documents in the fonds.

Retrieval Number

P142

Series

Subjects

McGill University Doctors
Montreal Neurological Institute
Penfield, Wilder, 1891-1976