8 July 2004 – 25 May 2014
|Alma mater||University of Liège|
Jacques Brotchi was born in Liège. His parents Isac and Haia came from Bessarabia and met each other in 1930 at the University of Liège, where they were studying dentistry. They were married in 1936. As a Jewish family, they escaped deportation to the concentration camps by being hidden by a Belgian family in Comblain-au-Pont. After the war, Jacques grew up in Esneux where his parents were dentists. He studied at the Atheneum in Liège. In 1964, he met his future wife Rachel on a holiday in Switzerland.
He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Liège in 1967. His chief interest was neurosurgery, which led him to work (already as a student) at the Laboratory for Neuroanatomy and at the Neurosurgical Clinic of the university. He received his PhD for his study of the histochemistry of focal epilepsies.
In 1982 he became a professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and created the Department of Neurosurgery of the Erasme Hospital. In 1998, this department was nominated as the "First worldwide WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Neurosurgery" by the WHO.
From 1989 to 1992, he was the head of the Belgian Society for Neurosurgery. Between 1991 and 1994, he presided over the French Language Society for Neurosurgery. Between 1997 and 2001, he became chairman of the Education Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Since 2003, he is a member of the board of the Francqui Foundation.
He is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and of the French Academy of Surgery.
In 2000, he was awarded the Joseph Maisin Prize. In 2008, he was one of the two Mensch of the Year of the Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif de Belgique. In May 2007, he was made a baron by King Albert II of Belgium. In November 2008, he received the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Chevalier, ennobled by King Baudouin of Belgium (1988)
- Baron, by King Albert II of Belgium (Royal decree, 7 May 2007)
- Commandeur in the Order of Leopold since 8 April 1996 
- promoted Grand Officer on 8 December 2010 
- Grand Officer in the Order of the Crown since 15 November 2007.
- Denmark : Knight in the Order of the Dannebrog in 1996.
- France : Knight in the Legion of Honour in 1992
- Spain : Grand Commander (Encomienda de Número) of the Order of Civil Merit in 2004 
Apart from over 350 articles, 65 of them listed at PubMed [au], Brotchi also edited:
- Intramedullary spinal cord tumors, by Georges Fischer, Jacques Brotchi, and D. Baleriaux, Thieme Medical Publishers 1996. ISBN 978-3-13-101871-7
- "Belgische Senaat" (in Dutch). Belgian Senate. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
- Baumann, Roland (2 May 2008). "Jacques Brotchi - Une vie au service des autres" (in French). CCLJ. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- "Jacques Brotchi". The Society of Neurological Surgeons. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- "Jacques Brotchi" (in French). Belgian Senate. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Le prix du "Mensch de l'Année"" (in French). CCLJ. 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-12.[dead link]
- Jacques Brotchi's website, Personal Biography
- "Hebreeuwse universiteit reikt prijs uit aan Belgische neurochirurg." (in Dutch). De Morgen. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
- "Prominent Belgian Jewish figure resigned from Brussels University Board to denounce anti-Semitic incidents". European Jewish Press. 2011-07-17.
- Belgian Senate, Senators Biography 2007, p.43-46