Hans van Abeelen

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Johannes Henricus Felix van Abeelen
J. H. F. (Hans) van Abeelen thuis in Enschede.jpg
Born (1936-11-20)20 November 1936
Enschede, The Netherlands
Died 21 August 1998(1998-08-21) (aged 61)
Enschede, The Netherlands
Citizenship Dutch
Nationality Dutch
Fields Behavioural genetics
Institutions Radboud University Nijmegen
Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen
Thesis An Ethological Investigation of Single-Gene Differences in Mice (1965)
Doctoral advisor S.J. Geerts
Notable students Wim Crusio

Hans van Abeelen (20 November 1936 – 21 August 1998) was the first Dutch behaviour geneticist. He obtained his M.Sc from the University of Groningen and his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1965, where he stayed for the rest of his career as "wetenschappelijk hoofdmedewerker". He was a founding member of the Behavior Genetics Association and served on the editorial board of its journal, Behavior Genetics, from its creation in 1971 to 1992. Van Abeelen took early retirement in 1991, but nevertheless became one of the founding members of the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society. Over the span of his career, he published 64 articles and book chapters[1] and edited one book, The Genetics of Behaviour,[2] which was an early overview of European behaviour genetics.[3]

Notable publications[edit]


  1. ^ Wim E. Crusio. "Obituary J.H.F. van Abeelen". Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  2. ^ van Abeelen, J.H.F., ed. (1974). The Genetics of Behaviour. Amsterdam: North Holland. p. 450. ISBN 0-7204-7137-0. OCLC 1365968. 
  3. ^ W. Raaijmakers (September 1998). "In memoriam dr JFH (Hans) van Abeelen" (PDF). Mededelingenblad van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gedragsbiologie. 7 (1): 6. Retrieved 2009-02-08.