Project employees

Various experts are involved in SHT projects:

 

Eric Berkers

Dr. Eric Berkers (1965) is senior researcher at the Foundation for the History of Technology (SHT). After his studies Economic and Social History at the Radboud University in Nijmegen he specialized in business history and the history of technology. He joined the SHT in 1991 and participated in the projects History of Technology in the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century with contributions on water management, reflection on technology, chemical industry, building industry and lightning. He wrote books on the applications and the history of geodesy in the Netherlands and on the Dutch organization for land registry (het Kadaster). He wrote a Ph D thesis about Dutch water management (2003) and made contributions to books on the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2006 he joined the TU/e as a post doc and later as an assistant professor. He worked on a project on the history of Dutch Business in the 20th century (BINT). Within it, he focused on innovation within small and medium sized firm and their relations with the knowledge infrastructure. Furthermore, transitions in horticulture and health care were studied as part of a research project on system innovations (KSI). Eric was also involved in education at the faculty. In 2011 Eric rejoined the SHT to carry out research on the Dutch organization for Applied Research (TNO) and the history of software in the Netherlands.


Dr. E.A.M. (Eric) Berkers
Eindhoven University of Technology
Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
IPO-building, room 2.24
P.O. box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Tel: 040-2475578
Fax: 040-2444602
e.a.m.berkers@tue.nl

Ton van Helvoort

Ton van Helvoort (1954) is an independent researcher / writer of history of science in the 20th century. After his education as biochemist at the university of Nijmegen, he defended his PhD in 1993 at the university of Maastricht on the history of international virus research. Since then, he regularly published in peer-reviewed journals on the history of chemistry, molecular biology, virology and cancer research. Besides this, he was literature reviewer for a company specialised in pharmaceutical information (Nijmegen) as well as translator for a commercial Patent Agency (The Hague).

Five years ago he stopped the latter two activities and is now engaged as an independent, fulltime historical researcher. Work commissioned to him came from academic institutions such as the universities in Groningen, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Eindhoven.

Since a few years he collaborates with dr. Mila Davids en prof. Harry Lintsen on several projects of the Foundation for the History of Technology. The first is the history of Unilever Research & Development in Vlaardingen (URDV).

In cooperation with prof. Harry Lintsen, prof. Rutger van Santen and emeritus prof. Rob van Veen (TU/e), Ton van Helvoort also works on a history of catalysis-research in the Nederlands. This historical work focuses on a comparison between Shell and Unilever.


Dr. Ton van Helvoort
tvanhelvoort@planet.nl

Giel van Hooff

Dr. Giel van Hooff (1951) works at the historical section of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). After his studies Economic and Social History at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (graduated 1978) he specialized in picture editing and text editing next to his research in the history of technology and local and regional history. He joined the TU/e in 1982 where he wrote a PhD thesis about the early development of the Dutch engineering business (1990). Next to it he participated in the projects History of Technology in the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th century, with contributions on the textile industry and the picture editing of both series. He contributed to several books e.g. on the history of the TU/e (1991 and 2006), Jewish entrepreneurs in the Netherlands (1994), Infrastructure in the Province North-Brabant (1997) and a regional series about Dutch entrepreneurs. Besides that he did the (picture) editing of several publications in the field of history. As a freelance author he wrote about 100 reviews for the Dutch magazine De Ingenieur and another 100 articles in Dutch historical magazines such as Erfgoed van Industrie en Techniek, Textielhistorische Bijdragen and Spiegel Historiael. He was a member of the editing board of Textielhistorische Bijdragen(1999-2005), and is editor-in-chief of Erfgoed van Industrie en Techniek (2007-now). Furthermore, he works as consultant, mostly in the field of Industrial Archeology. 

 

Dr. W.H.P.M. (Giel) van Hooff
Eindhoven University of Technology
Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
IPO-building, room 2.06
P.O. box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Tel: 040-2474056
Fax: 040-2444602
w.h.p.m.v.hooff@tue.nl


Hans Schippers

Hans Schippers (1946) studied social history at the University of Tilburg.

He obtained his PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with a dissertation on the radical right movements Zwart en Nationaal Front, 1922 - 1946, (Amsterdam 1986).

With an intermezzo of a few years, he has worked as a historian of technology at the University of Technology Eindhoven since 1981. 

 

Dr. J.L. (Hans) Schippers
Eindhoven University of Technology
Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
IPO-building, room 2.06
P.O. box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Tel: 040-2475955
Fax: 040-2444602
j.l.schippers@tue.nl

Frank Veraart

Frank Veraart (1970) is an assistant professor at the School of Innovation Sciences of Eindhoven University of Technology. He holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical engineering for the Tilburg Polytechnic and a master degree in Technology & Society from Eindhoven University of Technology. His master thesis investigated the development of bicycle use in the Netherlands from a sport vehicle to its utility use.

In 1995 Frank started working for the Foundation for the History of Technology. Together with Adri Albert de la Bruheze he studied the developments of bicycle use in nine north-western European cities. Results of the Dutch report Fietsverkeer in praktijk en beleid in de twingste eeuw (1999) were used in the report The Dutch Bicycle Master Plan, Description and evaluation in an historical context by the Dutch ministry of transport. In 2011 he resumed his bicycle research. Frank now contributes to research on innovations in small and medium sized businesses with a case on the Dutch bicycle industries. The current research is performed in collaboration with dr. Mila Davids and drs. ir. Sue Yen Tjong.

Furthermore, Frank has contributed to business oriented studies and studies in the research program Technology in the Netherland in the twentieth century. In 2008 Frank defended his doctoral thesis Designers of Personal Computing, the Development of Computers for Small Scale Users in the Netherlands, 1970–1990 (published in Dutch).  Based on this research Frank has published several articles in English on Dutch personal computer developments.

In 2011 Frank contributed to the technology assessment report of the bio-based economy by the Rathenau Institute. In the report Getting to the core of the bio-economy he gave a historical overview of the transformation from a rather bio-based economy to a contested fossil fuelled economy and its implications for future changes. From 2012 onwards he will continue to work in this field in the research program on the historical roots of the sustainability challenge supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

 

Dr.Ir. F.C.A. (Frank) Veraart
Eindhoven University of Technology
Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
IPO-building, room 2.24
P.O. box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Tel: 040-2475070
Fax: 040-2444602
F.C.A.Veraart@tue.nl