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Last week we received the sad news that one of our honorary members, J. Schoonman, has passed away at the age of 78 years old. J. Schoonman was a professor with a most respectabel career. Besides teaching at multiple universities, J. Schoonman has received an enormous amount of titles over the course of his life: Em.prof.dr.dr.h.c. (mult.) and even received 'Ridderschap in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw'.
J. Schoonman was installed as an honorary member of TG in 1989 for helping organise multiple events and sharing his huge network with TG. We will always be grateful for all his help and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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We are proud to announce that Tom Burdyny won the award of Best Lecturer of the year 2021! We think the win is well deserved. We wish him the best of luck with teaching ATP and CRE this year! To read the full article, click on this link.
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Recently we received the sad news that our Honorary Member ir. F.C.A.A. van Berkel passed away on 10-25-2021.
At the extraordinary general meeting of November 20th, 1962 he was installed as an honorary member of the Technologisch Gezelschap at 35. Thus, he was an honorary member for almost 60 years, the longest honorary member we have had.
In 1951 he graduated with honor under the supervision of prof. ir. L. H. de Langen on the subjects "Compressors and refrigeration technology" and "Chemical Tools". After his graduation he started working at “Algemene Kunstzijde Unie N.V.” in Arnhem. In 1958 he was detached to “N.V. Chemische Industrie AKU-Goodrich” and “ Goodrich Chemical” in Cleveland, Ohio. After working for several years in the industry, he was appointed as professor at the Mechanical and Chemical Engineering department on December 9th, 1959. He taught our chemical engineering students the subject Chemical Tools, with a speech titled “The safety in the chemical industry”. In 1966 he went back to working in the industry where he had an impressive career as manager and CEO of several companies, one of which was Tebodin.
Van Berkel has been invaluable to the Technologisch Gezelschap. He was known for bringing students with different backgrounds together and guiding them in a way that they could collaborate well. He had a huge enthusiasm for teaching. Besides, van Berkel helped organize and guide a lot of excursions of TG. Organizing excursions is one of the core values of TG. He was always willing to open up his network and share his connections. Therefore van Berkel will never be forgotten at the Technologisch Gezelschap.
Our love goes out to the family and all relatives of ir. F.C.A.A. van Berkel.
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Last Wednesday the 128th board of TG has been installed! We are looking forward to making this year unforgettable.
Wietse Saalmink - Commissioner of External Affairs
Thomas Hulshof - Secretary
Sterre de Lange - President
Frederieke Backelandt - Treasurer
Jisca Barbian - Commissioner of Education
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Today is the 130th birthday of the Technologisch Gezelschap! Previous weeks we celebrated our 26th lustrum with some awesome activities, like a cooking workshop, a pub quiz and the LuCielympics.
Tonight we will celebrate the birthday of TG at an online dies reception at 20:00. You can join the reception by clicking here!
*The reception will be in Dutch.
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*for English please see below*
Onlangs ontvingen wij het droevige bericht dat onze erepenningdrager Em.prof.dr.ir. H. van Bekkum in de ochtend van 30-11-2020 overleden is.
Op de buitengewone ledenvergadering van 1980 is hij geïnstalleerd als erelid en in 2000 als erepenningdrager van het Technologisch Gezelschap.
Van Bekkum promoveerde in 1959 bij professor Verkade en professor Wepster in Delft. Na korte tijd als onderzoeker bij Shell keerde hij in 1961 terug naar de TU Delft, toenmalig de TH Delft, waar hij de functie van lector bekleedde. Tien jaar later werd hij benoemd als hoogleraar katalyse in de organische chemie. Van 1975 tot 1976 was hij rector magnificus van de TU Delft. Naast het werk aan de TU Delft heeft Van Bekkum enorm veel betekend voor de scheikunde, zo was hij onder andere voorzitter van het Innovatief Onderzoeksprogramma Koolhydraten, voorzitter van het KNCV en lid van het KNAW. In 1991 werd hij benoemd tot Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.
Van Bekkum is van onschatbare waarde geweest voor het Technologisch Gezelschap. Hij was altijd betrokken bij het Gezelschap en oneindig enthousiast. Van het jaarlijkse schaaktoernooi tot begeleiding van ontwerpwedstrijden en de "Van Bekkum-shuffle", Van Bekkum zal bij het Gezelschap nooit vergeten worden.
Voor de rest van de week zal het Technologisch Gezelschap in rouw zijn en zullen alle activiteiten afgelast worden.
Wij leven mee met de familie en alle nabestaanden van Em.prof.dr.ir. H. van Bekkum
Recently we received the sad news that our Medal of Honour Recipient Em.prof.dr.ir. H. van Bekkum passed away in the morning of 11-30-2020.
At the extraordinary general meeting of 1980 he was installed as an honorary member and in 2000 he received the Medal of Honour of the Technologisch Gezelschap.
Van Bekkum obtained his PhD in 1959 with Professor Verkade and Professor Wepster in Delft. After a short time as a researcher at Shell, he returned to TU Delft in 1961, then the TH Delft, where he held the position of lecturer. Ten years later he was appointed professor of catalysis in organic chemistry. From 1975 to 1976 he was Rector Magnificus of TU Delft. In addition to his work at TU Delft, Van Bekkum has meant a great deal to the world of chemistry, including chairman of the Innovative Carbohydrates Research Program, chairman of the KNCV and member of the KNAW. In 1991 he was appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
Van Bekkum has been invaluable to the Technologisch Gezelschap. He was always involved with the Gezelschap and infinitely enthusiastic. From the annual chess tournament to supervision of design competitions and the "Van Bekkum-shuffle", Van Bekkum will never be forgotten at the Technologisch Gezelschap.
For the rest of the week, the Technologisch Gezelschap will be in mourning and all activities will be cancelled.
Our love goes out to the family and all relatives of Em.prof.dr.ir. H. van Bekkum