Governing Board

The Foundation for the History of Technology is run by a governing board. In consultation with the research director and the business director, the governing board determines the course of the foundation. Members of the governing board are actively involved in the fund-raising for large-scale research programs and the acquisition of new individual projects. The governing board also supervises the management team.

Governing board members

  • prof.dr. E.M. (Emmo) Meijer
  • dr. J.G.H. Joosten
  • ir. H. (Herman) de Boon
  • prof.dr. D. (Dirk) van Delft
  • prof.dr. E.J. (Eric) Fischer
  • dr. F.J.A.M. (Frans) Greidanus
  • ir. M.C. (Michiel) Westermann MBA
  • prof.dr. E. (Ernst) Homburg
  • H.W. (Harry) Lintsen
  • M.F.H. (Martin) Schuurmans 
  • prof.dr. J.W. (Johan) Schot





Herman de Boon Herman de Boon (1946) studied mechanical engineering (with honors) and organizational science and graduated from the University of Twente with a distinction in business mathematics in 1974 (with honors). After a short period of university involvements he spent thirty years working at top management levels in the international agro food industry. He currently holds a number of managerial and supervisory posts in private, public and public/private organizations involved in agribusiness, international trade and health care. 

Martin Schuurmans

Martin Schuurmans (1946, PhD TU/Eindhoven in 1971) spent the first 20 years of his professional life as a scientist. He joined Philips in 1968 to later become the head of experimental and theoretical physics in the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, Netherlands. He was professor of Solid State Physics at TU/Delft between 1985-1991.

In 1991 he went into Research and Innovation management. 1991-1994 he headed the solid state research at Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff, NY, USA. 1995-2000 he was Chairman of the Philips Research Laboratory in Eindhoven and Vice-Chairman of Philips Research world-wide. He has helped prepare the High Tech Campus of Eindhoven promoting open innovation and he has established the Philips Research Laboratory in Shanghai, China. From 2000-2002 he was CEO of the global Philips Industrial Technology Centre. He was then also professor in Innovation Management at the TU/e.

From 2002 until retirement from Philips in 2005 he was a member of the board of Philips Health Care (Boston, USA) responsible for Innovation and Industry and has established the Philips-Neusoft JV for Medical Equipment in Shenyang, China. In 2005 he has (co-) founded the Sino-Dutch Biomedical School of Information Engineering (BMIE) in Shenyang, China; 2006/7 he lived in China and was BMIE’s dean. As of 2008 he is chairman of EIT, the European Institute of Technology and Innovation. 

Michiel Westermann

Michiel Westermann holds a Masters degree in mining (petroleum) engineering from Technical University Delft (1981) and a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (1983). Prior to INSEAD he worked for Schlumberger (wire line services) in Kameroon and Angola (1981 – 1982). He was one of the founders, owners and directors of Pink Elephant, a company specialised in the complete operational management of information systems.

Pink Elephant is now a part of Pink Roccade (formerly Roccade) which has become a part Getronics, a publicly traded company on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Pink Elephant was sold to Roccade in 1992 – 1993 and currently employs approximately 2000 persons. Michiel joined the Board of Directors of Roccade in 1993 until April 1998. His fields of expertise have always been strategy, organisation structure, marketing and sales.

From October 1998 till April 2002 he has been Managing Director of Twinning Holding B.V. Twinning is a limited company owned and initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. Twinning’s aim is to help create more successful ICT (Information and Communication Technology) start-up companies. He is CEO of Motek BV ( and which is active in the health care sector and the animation sector. In 1990 Michiel was chosen as Manager of the Year for mid-sized companies. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Berenschot (consultancy), NEDAP  and SIDN (Internet

Johan Schot

Johan Schot is scientific director of SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (UK)and research director of the Foundation for the History of Technology. Until 2014 he was professor in social history of technology at Eindhoven University of Technology and co-directed the Foundation for Systems Innovation (KSI). Johan Schot was the program leader of the National Research Program on the History of Technology in the Netherlands in the 20th century. This program included the publication of a series of seven volumes, Ph. D. theses, monographs, and scientific and popular articles, and contributions to exhibitions, policy workshops and websites for teaching. Together with Kurt Fischer he is co-founder of the Greening of Industry Network and project leader of several EU funded international projects. Johan Schot is also chairing the network ‘Tensions of Europe, Technology and the Making of Europe’. In 2002 the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded him under the Innovational Research Incentives scheme for talented scholars (highest category) a research grant to establish his own research program (see In 2009 Johan Schot was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). From September 2010 until July 2011 he worked as a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar, writing and editing a six-volume book series ( The book series, provisionally entitled Making Europe: Technology and Transformation 1850- 2000, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

Harry Lintsen

Harry Lintsen (1949) is emeritus professor History of Technology of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Lintsen studied Physics at TU/e, and wrote a dissertation about the history of the engineering profession in the Netherlands. In 1980 he and some fellow researchers initiated a research programme about the history of technology in the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century. This large-scale programme resulted in two book series (in total thirteen volumes), in which the history of the Netherlands is rewritten from a techno-societal perspective. The popular book Made in Holland. Een techniekgeschiedenis van Nederland (1800-2000) summarizes the research findings for a broad audience.

Currently, Lintsen coordinates a research project about the history of the Netherlands through the lens of sustainability. Besides that, he is involved in research projects about knowledge infrastructures in the Netherlands in the twentieth century, the history of TNO, polymerization, and catalysis.

Lintsen is one of the co-founders of the Foundation for the History of Technology. Furthermore, he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and an honorary member of The Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).

Ernst Homburg

Dr. Ernst Homburg (1952) is Professor of ‘History of Science and Technology, and their mutual relationships’, at Maastricht University, a chair endowed by the Foundation for the History of Technology (SHT). His research and publications focus on the interface between science and technology, and the interaction between business and universities.

He studied chemistry (MSc) in Amsterdam, and was connected to the universities of Groningen (1978-1979), Nijmegen (1979-1993) and Eindhoven (1990-1993). Early 1993 he graduated in history at Radboud University Nijmegen with a dissertation on the rise of the German chemical profession, 1790-1850. In 1993 he joined Maastricht University as assistant professor, and was appointed Professor in 2002.

From 1989 to 2003 he co-edited the SHT-book series on the History of Technology in the Netherlands in the 19th (Tin19) and 20th (Tin20) centuries, for which he wrote chapters on the chemical industry. Furthermore, he published widely on (the history of) the chemical profession, technical education, textile printing, and the environment.

From 1993 to 1997 he was a member of the steering committee of a European project on the History of Chemistry 1789-1939. He was president of the Dutch Society for the History of Medicine, Mathematics, Science, and Technology ‘GeWiNa’ (1995-1998), council member of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (since 1996), member of the executive committee of ICOHTEC (1997-2007), and chairman of the European Working Party on the History of Chemistry (2003-2009). From 2000-2010 he was book reviews editor of Ambix.

He chaired the chemistry editors of the 8-volume New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York, 2007). His most recent books are Groeien door kunstmest: DSM Agro 1929-2004 (Hilversum 2004) and, with Lodewijk Palm, De geschiedenis van de scheikunde in Nederland 3: De ontwikkeling van de chemie van 1945 tot het begin van de jaren tachtig (Delft 2004). At present, he is writing a book the 150-years history of the Belgian Solvay company to be published by CUP, together with Nicolas Coupain and Kenneth Bertrams.


Prof. Dr. E (Ernst) Homburg
Maastricht University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
PO Box 616
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The Netherlands
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Jacques Joosten

Jacques Joosten (1949) was born in Maasbree. Since 2005 he is working as Managing Director of the Dutch Polymer Institute. At DSM he is working as Director Corporate Technology (2000). From 1987 until 2000 he was Director Corporate Technology of DSM. He is also a member of the Regiegroep Chemie, an organization that stimulates innovations within the chemical industry.

Emmo Meijer

Emmo Meijer studied chemistry at the Free University of Amsterdam and gained his PhD in biochemistry in 1979. That same year he joined DSM Research, where he played an active role in innovative fine-chemicals research in various capacities. In 1984 he was appointed part-time lecturer in bioorganic chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. From 1989 onwards he became more closely involved in the expansion of DSM's life sciences business in various executive roles ranging from business development to strategic planning and M&A management. Since 1 January 1998 he has held the post of President of DSM Research and in 2001 he was appointed as DSM's first CTO.

In 2005 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Unilever responsible for Global Foods R&D and in 2008 he became Senior Vice President of Unilever responsible for Global Category R&D. In 2009 Emmo became Senior Vice President Unilever for Strategic Issues reporting to the CEO.

As of April 2011 he is Corporate Director R&D of FrieslandCampina.

His side activities are: part-time lecturer of bioorganic chemistry (TUE), member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation, member Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT), director of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), chairman of the Top Institute Food and Nutrition, chairman TKI AgriFood&Innovation, chairman of Greenport Venlo Innovation Center, chairman Supervisory Board of the University Utrecht and member of various Dutch and European organizations in the field of biotechnology and innovation.

He is a honorary member of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society since 2003 and received in 2012 the Academy Medal of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recently (2013) he became a board member of the Catholic University of Leuven and member of the Supervisory Board of Bright Move.

Eric Fischer

Prof.dr. Eric Fischer (1946) has studied economics and business administration at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)and also completed his PhD here.Eric Fischer is since 1989 professor at the UvA. The economist and historian combined his job as professor with the directorship of the Dutch Association of Insurers. He was also professor of History of Business and Technology at the University of Nijmegen in 1989-1992. In the past, Eric Fischer also met a large number of managerial positions in the triangle of science, culture and business. He was a member of VNO-NCW and board member of the SER.

Frans Greidanus

Dr. Frans J.A.M. Greidanus studied physics and received his PhD from Leiden University in 1982. His thesis focused on a topic from low-temperature physics. In 1982 he joined Royal Philips for which he worked till his retirement in 2013. He started his career with Philips Research in Eindhoven where he did research on defects in semiconductors and magneto-optical recording. In 1989 he became department head at the Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff Manor NY where he was amongst others responsible for the development of blue lasers. After his return to the Netherlands he has been head of several research departments. In 2000 Dr. Greidanus became a member of the of the Philips Research Management Team, with global responsibility for video, audio and data storage. From 2005-2013 he was head of Philips Research Asia and CTO Philips Asia and located in Shanghai. In the same period he was, next to being a member of the Philips Research Management Team, a member of the Philips China Management Team. Currently he is amongst others, Heng Yi Chair professor at the School of Management of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou China, advisor to the Board of the Technical University Eindhoven and economic advisor to Wuxi Municipality in Jiangsu China. During his career Dr. Greidanus has held several Board and Committee Memberships, amongst others of the Board of the “Stichting Technische Wetenschappen”, The Technology Commission VNO-NCW, the Supervisory Board of “Consultants Quantitative Methods” and the Board of Directors of the “Belgian, Netherlands, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce” in Shanghai. Dr. Greidanus is “distinguished” member of the Dutch Physical Society. In 2007 and 2011 he received the Silver, respectively the Golden, Magnolia Award from the Shanghai Municipality for his contributions to the economic and social development of the City of Shanghai.

Dirk van Delft

Dirk van Delft (1951) studied physics at Leiden University. His doctoral dissertation was a scientific biography entitled Heike Kamerlingh Onnes and the Quest for Cold. Since 2006 he has been Director of Museum Boerhaave, the Dutch national museum for the history of science and medicine. In 2008 he was appointed Special Professor of Material Heritage of the Sciences at Leiden University. His research focusses on physics in Leiden between 1870 and 1970.