Albeda was born in Rotterdam. He was an ARP and CDA politician who once described himself as a trade unionist. He worked for some years at the Christian Building Federation and the CNV. Then he was professor of socio-economic policy in Rotterdam. Albeda was interested in international issues. From 1966 he was member and from 1973 chairman of the ARP group in the Senate. He was Minister of Social Affairs in the first cabinet Van Agt. After this he returned to the Senate and later became chairman of the Scientific Council for Government Policy. He died in Maastricht, aged 88.
- door Anouk Eigenraam. "Oud-politicus Wil Albeda overleden (88)" (in Dutch). nrc.nl. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
- (Dutch) Parlement.com biography
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