Change ahead in academia

In Professors ,
Written by Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:10
It is the year 1917. While most of the European continent is still in the midst of the Great War, something remarkable happens in the Dutch academic world. Plant pathologist Johanna Westerdijk is appointed as professor at Utrecht University, thereby becoming the first female professor in the Netherlands. It is…
“I didn’t have a poster of Bon Jovi in my student room. I had one of Plácido Domingo”, Martin Paul says with a smile. The president of Maastricht University saw his first opera in Saarbrücken at the age of six – and he was sold. “For me, opera is a…

A porcelain vase for a regiment

In Professors ,
Written by Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:47
During his PhD in chemistry in Utrecht, Thomas Cleij could only process his research data in the lab at night; by day, the equipment was being used. That meant killing time until the data had been processed. Out of boredom, he would surf the internet. In 1997 that was a…

“We were adults in miniature”

In Professors ,
Written by Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:14
The three gowns – two red ones from Maastricht University and a black one from the University of Amsterdam – are lugged along in grocery bags for the photo session. It’s not often that three brothers, born into a middle-class family, all become professors. “True. But you might do better…

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