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In 1986 the Mathematical Institute established a visiting professorship in mathematics, for two months a year, called the Kloosterman Chair.

Hendrik Douwe Kloosterman was born on April 9, 1900. After studying in Leiden, Copenhagen, Oxford, Göttingen and Hamburg, he was appointed "lector" in Leiden in 1930 and full professor in 1947. He died on May 6, 1968. He is mostly known for his work in analytic number theory on what we now call "Kloosterman sums".

Details on the life and work of Professor Kloosterman are available from a lecture of Professor Murre, a former student of Kloosterman, on the occasion of the appointment of the first Kloosterman Chair, Professor M. Artin.

A Kloosterman Centennial Celebration took place in Leiden on April 7, 2000.

A majority of the publications by Kloosterman, as well as articles about Kloosterman and the Kloosterman Centennial can be found here in pdf format.

Kloosterman Professors