Robbert Dijkgraaf, Minister of Education, Culture and Science. Image: ©RVD – Valerie Kuypers and Martijn Beekman
The Netherlands, 1960
physicist and Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf was director of and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 2012 to 2022. In 2022, he became Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands. Until then, he also held a position as Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. Dijkgraaf gained a PhD with honours under Nobel Prize laureate Gerard ’t Hooft in 1989. In 2003, he received the Spinoza Prize for his work on string theory. Dijkgraaf was President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012. His columns in NRC Handelsblad, which were partly collected in the books Blikwisselingen (2008) and Het Nut van nutteloos onderzoek (2012), the website and his frequent tv appearances allow him to fulfil his ambition to bridge the gap between science, art, politics and education.

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Journal Nexus

Nexus 66

De triomf van de wetenschap
Journal Nexus

Nexus 51

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