J. H. van Lint

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Jack van Lint
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Born (1932-09-01)1 September 1932
Died 28 September 2004(2004-09-28) (aged 72)
Nationality Dutch
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Eindhoven University of Technology
Alma mater Utrecht University
Doctoral advisor Fred van der Blij
Doctoral students Iwan Duursma
Henk Hollmann
Herman Tiersma
Henk van Tilborg
Notable awards Euler Medal (1996)

Jacobus Hendricus ("Jack") van Lint (1 September 1932 – 28 September 2004) was a Dutch mathematician, professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, of which he was rector magnificus from 1991 till 1996.

He gained his Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 1957 under the supervision of Fred van der Blij.[1] He was professor of mathematics at Eindhoven University of Technology from 1959 to 1997.

He was appointed a full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology at the age of 26 years. His field of research was initially number theory, but he worked mainly in combinatorics and coding theory.[2]

Van Lint was honored with a great number of awards. He became a member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972,[3] received four honorary doctorates, was an honorary member of the Royal Netherlands Mathematics Society (Koninklijk Wiskundig Genootschap), and received a Knighthood.


  • Coding Theory, 1971.
  • Introduction to Coding Theory, Springer, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 1982, 3rd. edition 1999.
  • with Peter Cameron: Designs, Graphs, Codes and their Links, London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes, Cambridge University Press, 1980.
  • with Richard M. Wilson: A Course in Combinatorics, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
  • with Gerard van der Geer: Introduction to Coding theory and Algebraic Geometry, Birkhäuser, 1988.


  1. ^ J. H. van Lint at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ B. van Asch, A. Blokhuis, H. Hollmann, W. Kantor, H. van Tilborg, Jack van Lint (1932-2004): A survey of his scientific work, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 113 (2006), 1594-1613
  3. ^ "Jacob Hendricus van Lint (1932 - 2004)" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 

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