Nestor in the construction principles Wim van der Hoek died

Nestor in the construction principles Wim van der Hoek died

12 January 2019

Wim van der Hoek passed away at the age of 94.

He studied mechanical engineering in Delft and went with his work at Philips and later at the Technische Hogeschool / Universiteit Eindhoven as the founder of the construction of precision technology in the Netherlands.

As a nestor in the principles of construction, which he recorded in his lecture book 'Des Duivels Prentenboek', he was involved in the field up to old age.


On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Wim van der Hoek Award, or Constructeurs award, was instituted. This award is intended for the best graduation work in the field of mechanical engineering at the technical universities and the colleges in the Netherlands and (for two years) Belgium. Criteria for the assessment of the graduation reports are, in the spirit of Wim van der Hoek, quality of the design, substantiation and innovation, as well as the suitability for use in education.


DSPE remembers Wim van der Hoek as a 'big phenomenon' in his field and a very pleasant person, who was always very involved with his staff, students and colleague precision technologists.


DSPE wishes his relatives a lot of strength in processing this large loss.