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Jan van Leeuwen (born December 17, 1946 in Waddinxveen)[1] is a Dutch computer scientist and Emeritus professor at the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University.[2]

Jan van Leeuwen
Born (1946-12-17) December 17, 1946 (age 71)
Waddinxveen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Alma mater Utrecht University
Scientific career
Fields Algorithms
Institutions Utrecht University
Thesis Rule-Labeled Programs: A Study of a Generalization of Context-Free Grammars and Some Classes of Formal Languages (1972)
Doctoral advisor Dirk van Dalen
Doctoral students Marinus Veldhorst
Mark Overmars
Hans Bodlaender
Harry Wijshoff
Gerard Tel
Johannes La Poutré
Catholijn Jonker

Van Leeuwen completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics at Utrecht University in 1967 and received a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1972 from the same institution under the supervision of Dirk van Dalen.[2][3] After postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and faculty positions at SUNY at Buffalo and the Pennsylvania State University, he returned to Utrecht as a faculty member in 1977. He was head of his department from 1977 to 1983, and again from 1991 to 1994, and dean from 1994 to 2009.[2] Among his doctoral students is notable game software developer and former fellow Utrecht faculty member, Mark Overmars.[3]

Van Leeuwen is an ISI highly cited researcher.[4] Since 1992 he has been a member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities, and in 2006 he was elected to the Academia Europaea.[2][5] He was the editor of the Handbook of Theoretical Computer Science.

His son, Erik Jan van Leeuwen, is also an academic computer scientist. He was a senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, and currently is a tenure-track research scientist in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University.[6]


  1. ^ 2009 Lorentz Fellowship, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, retrieved 2011-03-27.
  2. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2011-03-27.
  3. ^ a b Jan van Leeuwen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  4. ^ ISI, retrieved 2011-03-27.
  5. ^ Academia Europaea Informatics Section Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2011-03-27.
  6. ^ Erik Jan van Leeuwen's home page, retrieved 2011-03-27.

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