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Wageningen University & Research - Image Collections

About this collection

Photos of 39 portraits of some rectors and professors of Wageningen University and its forerunner, the Agricultural University of Applied Science (Landbouw Hogeschool). The original oil paintings are on display in the Aula of Wageningen University.

The portrait collection starts with Cornelis J.M. Jongkindt. Jongkindt was the first director of the State Agricultural College in Wageningen in 1876, as well as a teacher in agriculture. After Wageningen became an institute for academic education in 1918, a new rector was appointed every school year. They would also continue their original professorial posts. During the Second World War professors M.F. Visser and prof. W.C. Mees became rector for several years.

After 1956 rectors were appointed for a period of years, quite often at the end of their scientific career. From the total of 42 rectors only 23 are portrayed. The rest of the portraits are from professors who were appointed at Wageningen University.

 
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