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Van Oostrom (2009)

Frits van Oostrom (born, May 15, 1953), born in Utrecht, Netherlands, is University Professor for the Humanities at the Utrecht University. In 1999 he was a visiting Professor at Harvard for the Erasmus Chair. From September 2004 to June 2005, he was a fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). He was awarded the Spinozapremie in 1995.[1] In May, 2005 he became President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for a three-year period. He had been member of the same institution since 1994.[2]

In the later years Van Oostrom was given the task to assemble a Dutch Canon, meaning: what everyone should know of the Netherlands and its history.


  1. ^ "NWO Spinoza Prize 1995". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Frits van Oostrom". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 

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