Henk Wesseling, born in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1937. Ph.D. from Leiden University. Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History at Leiden University and Former Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (1995 to 2002). († 2018)
Honorary Fellow (1 September 2006 – 30 June 2007)
FRENCH HISTORY (NINETEENTH-TWENTIETH CENTURY)
My main project has been to continue work on a study started in 2002 on three perhaps four generations of French artists and intellectuals: Scheffer, Renan, Psichari. This should result in a French cultural and family history (1814-1914). I carried out literature search and worked in the archives in Paris. This year I also worked on my book Zoon en vader / Vader en zoon [Son and father, Father and son] which I hope to complete in the summer of 2007. I also spent a lot of my time carrying out the duties of Editor in Chief of the series Plaatsen van herinnering (4 dln.; Amsterdam 2005-2007) and as Editor in Chief of the European Review. Interdisciplinary Journal of the Academia Europaea / European Academy. Finally, I delivered several lectures in: Parijs (Musée du Quai Branly), South Africa (University of Stellenbosch) and published a number of articles in scientific journals as well as popular magazines.