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Frank den Hollander
Photo credits: Rien Meulman
On Thursday 15 December, Frank den Hollander was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. The adornments were pinned on Den Hollander by Mayor Emile Jaensch of Oegstgeest, where Den Hollander resides. The ceremony occurred during the Eurandom workshop honouring the 60th birthday of Den Hollander.
Den Hollander received the distinction due to his career-long commitment to improve mathematics both nationally and internationally. The formalities took place in Eindhoven, where Den Hollander was second scientific director of the research institute Eurandom from 2000 until 2005. Den Hollander told Cursor – the independent news site of TU/e – that: “It was a very warm moment. Disseminating science is wonderful and you meet splendid people.”
The Royal distinction was presented on recommendation of the current scientific director of Eurandom, Remco van de Hofstad, and his predecessors Willem van Zwet and Onno Boxma. They describe Den Hollander as an eminent Dutch scientist who has done pioneering work internationally, in particular on the theory of large deviations. Furthermore, they praise Den Hollander as an “excellent director” who has “the respect needed to act as a leader and the vision needed to decide the proper course of action. In doing so, he takes mathematics and the mathematical community as the central focus.”
They also praise him for his warm character and energy, his positive and constructive attitude and his often-yearlong personal commitment to colleagues – from their first steps in research up until potentially their professorship.
Frank den Hollander, Professor of probability and statistical mechanics, is currently at Leiden University and one of the principal investigators of NETWORKS. He previously worked at TU/e and Radboud University Nijmegen.
The stochastics cluster, STAR, pushes Dutch stochastics further to the international forefront and allows the Dutch stochastics community to attract and train the most talented students and young researchers worldwide. It gives a much needed impulse to under-represented fields and strengthens the existing leading position in well-represented fields. The cluster leads to more critical mass in stochastics, and further stimulates the interaction of researchers from probability theory, statistics and stochastic operations research with researchers from other disciplines.
NETWORKS is a 10-year programme funded by the Dutch Ministry
of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for
Eurandom, the workshop centre based at the Stochastics Section of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, TU/e, has an extensive workshop and visitor program. Each year workshops in the different areas of stochastics (statistics, probability theory and stochastic operations research) will be organized; visitors collaborate with Eindhoven and/or Dutch colleagues. Important assets are the series of workshops for and by young researchers: YESP (Young European Stochastic Professionals).
The centre organizes 2 theme months per year, the so-called Stochastic Activity Months (SAM). These will mostly take place clustered around a workshop, such as one of the YESP(*) workshops. During a SAM, workshops will be organized as well as seminars and/or lecture days. The goal is to bring together a sizeable group
of national and international researchers. We aim to devote one month per year to a multidisciplinary subject.
For an overview of topics of past SAM's, please go to:STOCHASTIC ACTIVITY MONTHS
(*)YESP = Young European Stochastics Professionals. A series of workshops in all three research programmes of Eurandom. They target especially at and facilitate young people. By choosing subjects that are high on the international agenda these workshops give the possibility to get more in-depth knowledge in recent developments, which can be more difficult at more specific workshops if the working level is too high. See overview of YEP, YEQT and YES
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