Will Noel

Will Noel, a Princeton librarian and historian of medieval and Renaissance books, died April 29 from injuries suffered weeks earlier when he was struck by a van in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was 58. A proponent of manuscript digitization and open data, Noel came to Princeton in 2020 as the John T. Maltsberger III ’55 Associate University Librarian for Special Collections. Earlier in his career, he led a project that used scientific tools to recover works in a “buried book” by the Greek mathematician Archimedes that had been erased, reshuffled, and written over by a priest in 13th century.