Jan Terlouw

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Jan Terlouw
Jan Terlouw (2014).jpg
Jan Terlouw in 2014
Member of the Senate
In office
8 June 1999 – 10 June 2003
Parliamentary groupDemocrats 66
Queen's Commissioner
of Gelderland
In office
1 November 1991 – 1 December 1996
MonarchBeatrix
Preceded byAd Oele (Ad interim)
Succeeded byJan Kamminga
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
11 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
Serving with Joop den Uyl (1982)
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byHans Wiegel
Succeeded byGijs van Aardenne
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
11 September 1981 – 4 November 1982
Prime MinisterDries van Agt
Preceded byGijs van Aardenne
Succeeded byGijs van Aardenne
Leader of the Democrats 66
In office
1 September 1973 – 8 September 1982
Deputy
See list
Preceded byHans van Mierlo
Succeeded byLaurens Jan Brinkhorst
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
1 September 1973 – 11 September 1981
Preceded byHans van Mierlo
Succeeded byLaurens Jan Brinkhorst
Parliamentary groupDemocrats 66
Member of the House
of Representatives
In office
11 May 1971 – 11 September 1981
Parliamentary groupDemocrats 66
Personal details
Born
Jan Cornelis Terlouw

(1931-11-15) 15 November 1931 (age 89)
Kamperveen, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyDemocrats 66 (from 1967)
Spouse(s)
Alexandra van Hulst
(m. 1956; died 2017)
ChildrenSanne Terlouw (born 1959)
Ashley Terlouw (born 1960)
1 other daughter and 1 son
ResidenceTwello, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Mathematics, Master of Physics, Master of Mathematics, Doctor of Science)
OccupationPolitician · Nuclear physicist · Mathematician · Researcher · Nonprofit director · Political pundit · Author · Professor
Military service
Allegiance Netherlands
Branch/serviceRoyal Netherlands Army
Years of service1956–1958 (Conscription)
1958–1961 (Reserve)
RankNl-landmacht-soldaat der 2e klasse.svg Private first class
Battles/warsCold War

Jan Cornelis Terlouw (born 15 November 1931) is a retired Dutch politician of the Democrats 66 (D66) party and physicist and author.

Terlouw studied Physics and Mathematics at the Utrecht University simultaneously obtaining Master of Physics and Mathematics degree and worked as a researcher at the FOM before finishing his thesis and graduated as a Doctor of Science in Nuclear physics. Terlouw worked as a nuclear physics researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from February 1960 until April 1962 and for the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) from August 1965 until December 1966. After the election of 1971 Terlouw was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives on 11 May 1971 and served as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Economic Affairs and Science. After Party Leader and Parliamentary leader Hans van Mierlo announced he was stepping down Terlouw was unanimously selected as his successor on 1 September 1973.

For the elections of 1977 and 1981 Terlouw served as Lijsttrekker (top candidate) and following a cabinet formation with Christian-democratic Leader Dries van Agt and Labour Leader Joop den Uyl formed the Cabinet Van Agt II with Terlouw appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs taking office on 11 September 1981. The cabinet fell just seven months into its term and was replaced with the caretaker Cabinet Van Agt III with Terlouw continuing his offices. For the election of 1982 Terlouw again served as Lijsttrekker but shortly thereafter announced he was stepping down as Leader on 8 September 1982.

Terlouw continued to be active in politics and in December 1982 he was nominated as the next Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) serving from 30 January 1983 until 15 October 1991. In October 1991 Terlouw was nominated as the next Queen's Commissioner of Gelderland serving from 1 November 1991 until 1 December 1996. Terlouw also became active in the public sector, and worked as a distinguished professor of Urbanization at the University of Amsterdam from January 1997 until January 2000. After the Senate election of 1999 Terlouw was elected as a Member of the Senate serving from 8 June 1999 until 10 June 2003 and served as a frontbencher and spokesperson for the Interior, Economic Affairs and Defence.

Terlouw retired from active politics at 71 but continued to be active in the public sector as a non-profit director and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government, and worked as a distinguished professor of Literature at the Tilburg University from September 2003 until September 2004. Following his retirement Terlouw continues to be active as a advocate and activist for Social norms, Sustainable development, Animal welfare and for more European integration. Terlouw is known for his abilities as a skillful consensus builder and effective negotiator and continues to comment on political affairs as of 2021.

Terlouw has been active as a prolific author since the 1970's having written more than dozen young adult fiction books, his 1972 novel Winter in Wartime was adapted and released as a feature film in 2008.

Background[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Terlouw was born in Kamperveen, Overijssel and grew up in the Veluwe. He was the eldest son a family of five, having two younger brothers and two sisters.

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.[citation needed]

Deputy Prime Minister Jan Terlouw and Prime Minister Dries van Agt in the House of Representatives on 8 June 1982.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Utrecht University, he worked as a physics researcher in the Netherlands, the United States, and Sweden.[citation needed]

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 1970

Personal life[edit]

Terlouw was married to Alexandra van Hulst until her death on 23 August 2017.[citation needed] Terlouw is a father of four and grandfather of twelve.[citation needed]

Publications[edit]

Terlouw 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's books have been illustrated by various illustrators, including Dick van der Maat, Martijn van der Linden and Fiel van der Veen.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

  • 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 (1988)[3]

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 9 December 1982

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jan Terlouw: Biography". Dutch Foundation for Literature. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Jan Terlouw". WorldCat.org. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  3. ^ Eigen rechter (in Dutch). Lemniscaat. 1998. ISBN 978-9056371548.

External links[edit]

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hans van Mierlo
Leader of the Democrats 66
1973–1982
Succeeded by
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Parliamentary leader of the
Democrats 66 in the
House of Representatives

1973–1981
Preceded by
Hans van Mierlo
1972
Lijsttrekker of the
Democrats 66

197719811982
Succeeded by
Hans van Mierlo
1986
Political offices
Preceded by
Hans Wiegel
Deputy Prime Minister
1981–1982
Served alongside: Joop den Uyl
Succeeded by
Gijs van Aardenne
Preceded by
Gijs van Aardenne
Minister of Economic Affairs
1981–1982
Preceded by
Ad Oele
Ad interim
Queen's Commissioner of
Gelderland

1991–1996
Succeeded by
Jan Kamminga
Business positions
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
GelreDome

1996–2000
Succeeded by
Unknown
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Gijs van Aardenne
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Energy Research Centre

1995–2005
Succeeded by
Ruud Lubbers
Academic offices
Preceded by
Annemieke Roobeek
Distinguished Professor
Wibaut Chair of the
University of Amsterdam

1997–1999
Succeeded by
Geert Mak
Preceded by
Leo Vroman
Distinguished Professor
Leonardo Chair of the
Tilburg University

2003–2004
Succeeded by
Ted van Lieshout