Jan Terlouw

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Jan Terlouw
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Member of the Senate of the Netherlands
In office
8 June 1999 – 10 June 2003
Queen's Commissioner of Gelderland
In office
1 November 1991 – 1 December 1996
Preceded by Ad Oele
Succeeded by Jan Kamminga
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
11 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Gijs van Aardenne
Succeeded by Gijs van Aardenne
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
11 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
Serving with Joop den Uyl
(11 September 1981 – 29 May 1982)
Prime Minister Dries van Agt
Preceded by Hans Wiegel
Succeeded by Gijs van Aardenne
Member of Parliament
In office
6 July 1971 – 11 September 1981
Personal details
Born Jan Cornelis Terlouw
(1931-11-15) 15 November 1931 (age 83)
Kamperveen, Netherlands
Political party D66
Spouse(s) Alexandra van Hulst
Alma mater Utrecht University
Occupation Physicist, Author

Jan Cornelis Terlouw (born 15 November 1931) is a Dutch scientist, politician, and author.


Jan Terlouw was born in Kamperveen, Overijssel. He was the eldest son in his family, he has two brothers and two sisters and grew up in the Veluwe. After high school, Terlouw studied at Utrecht University where he obtained an MSc degree in mathematics and physics and a PhD degree in nuclear physics. After graduating, he worked as a physics researcher in the Netherlands, the United States, and Sweden. After working for thirteen years, he became a politician, joining the Dutch House of Representatives (the lower house of the Dutch legislature) as a member of the Democraten 66 political party in 1967. Terlouw acted as party leader from 1973–1982. He was minister of Economic Affairs from 1981 to 1982 and Queen's Commissioner of Gelderland from 1991 to 1996, the year in which he retired. He joined the Dutch Senate in 1999.

Terlouw also wrote 24 children's books, most notably Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter, 1972) and How to Become King (Koning van Katoren, 1971), both of which won the Gouden Griffel and have been made into motion pictures directed by Martin Koolhoven.[1][2]

Terlouw is married to Alexandra van Hulst and has four children.


  • 1972 Gouden Griffel for the novel How to Become King
  • 1973 Gouden Griffel for the novel Winter in Wartime
  • 1990 Prize of the Netherlands Children's Jury for the novel The figure-skater
  • 2000 Prize of the Dutch Joung Jury for Eigen rechter



  1. ^ "Jan Terlouw: Biography". Dutch Foundatioon for Literature. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jan Terlouw". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 26 March 2010.