Karel Vietsch Founder of the Vietsch Foundation
Willem Karel Vietsch was born on 24th of November 1952 in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands and passed away on 23th of February 2014.
Karel graduated from Leiden University in 1975 cum laude with a major in mathematics and minors in economics and theoretical computer science. He was a teacher and researcher at Leiden University, and obtained a PhD in mathematics in 1979. After doing military service in The Hague, sharing one computer with twenty other conscripts, he joined Delft University of Technology as manager of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1984 he moved to the Science Policy Department of the Dutch Ministry of Education and Sciences, where he was involved in the implementation of the research part of the government's Computer Science Promotion Plan, which included the creation of a national research network, SURFnet. Climbing through the ranks within the ministry he became Head of Unit for Information and Infrastructure in 1992.
Karel Vietsch took up the duties of Secretary-General of TERENA in 1996. On 13 May 2013, Karel was appointed an Officer in the Dutch Royal Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of his excellent work in the area of research and education networking. Karel's work left him little spare time, but when he took some time off he liked to travel and to enjoy the atmosphere and culture of TERENA member countries and other interesting places.