Chairman of the Twin Physics Foundation: Pieter Dekker (1946)
Studied physics at Eindhoven University of Technology and obtained the doctor’s degree of Delft University of Technology in 1974. His field of scientific interest being the behavior of micromagnetic transitory phenomena and structures yielded patents for IBM and Royal Philips, scientific publications as well as devices that he helped manufacture. He is co-author of the tutorial book Physics of Computer Memory Devices (Academic Press). A major part of his career from 1984 onward he spent in R&D for Television, pioneering LCD TV. In 2008 he retired from TPV Technology, the world’s leading manufacturer of Computer Monitors. From 2009 he studied Music Education (piano) at the Schumann Akademie and performed in ensembles and piano-recitals.
Secretary: Willem van Erk (1947)
Studied chemistry at the Technical University in Eindhoven and obtained the doctor’s degree at the department of Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry of the State University of Groningen. The title of the thesis was Magnetic and spectroscopic investigations of iodides of some 3d-transition metals. Started in 1976 at the Philips Research laboratory in the department Magnetic materials. From 1981 until his retirement in 2008 he worked in the pre-development department of Philips Lighting on chemistry related problems of light sources.
Treasurer: Els Wagenaar – van ’t Wel (1952)
She obtained her diploma as a fully qualified teacher of primary education at the National Pedagogical Academy in Hengelo. She also attended the Gehrels training course (and obtained the Gehrels certificate) for teaching music. Until her retirement she worked as a professional music teacher and part-time as a primary education teacher at the Fluvius Foundation in Arnhem.
Director of the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Micro Magnetism: Anna Backerra (1953)
After her cum laude graduation from the Technical University in Eindhoven, she worked for more than two years at the Philips Research laboratory in the department Magnetic materials. Since then she has worked as an independent theoretical physicist on concepts in complementary physics. She studied composition at the conservatories in Enschede and Saint-Petersburg (Russia). Currently she divides her working time between physics and composing for orchestra.