Bengt Hagberg, MD
Member Since 2006
Date of Death: April 12, 2015
It is with great sadness that we report the death on April 12, 2015 of Bengt Hagberg, MD, PhD. Dr. Hagberg was born on August 9, 1923 in Goteborg and spent most of his childhood in Stockholm, Sweden. He credited his family and the upbringing it afforded him with his broad cultural and academic exposure at an early age and with the intellectual curiosity and sense of humor that so characterized his career in child neurology. Dr. Hagberg was a pioneer and internationally renown thought-leader in metabolic and genetic encephalopathies. He contributed seminal insights on the genetic hyperammonemias, ceroid lipofuscinoses, and Rett syndrome to our understanding of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have heard his Hower Award lecture in 1993 and his talk at the Neurobiology of Disease in Children course on Rett syndrome some 12 years later can attest to Dr. Hagberg’s formidable intellect, approachable style, and biopsychosocial appreciation of the challenges that children and families with neurodevelopmental disorders face every day.
Published in the Journal of Child Neurology April, 2015.