Hans Leussink

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Hans Leussink (2 January 1912 in Schüttorf – 16 February 2008 in Karlsruhe) was a German teacher and politician. He served as the country's Minister for Education and Research from October 1969 to March 1972 in Cabinet Brandt I under Chancellor Willy Brandt. His descendants live in Canada and the Netherlands.

He was the oldest former minister of all time in Germany until his death on 16 February 2008.[1]

In 1994 Leussink was elected as Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2]


  1. ^ Helmut Schmidt († 10 November 2015) reached the same age on 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: 1780–2011, p. 361 (PDF).