Henk Barendregt during his visit in Prague in April 2012

Hendrik Pieter (Henk) Barendregt (born 18 December 1947, Amsterdam)[1] is a Dutch logician, known for his work in lambda calculus and type theory.

Life and work

Barendregt studied mathematical logic at Utrecht University, obtaining his master's degree in 1968 and his PhD in 1971, both cum laude, under Dirk van Dalen and Georg Kreisel. After a postdoctoral position at Stanford University, he taught at Utrecht University.

Since 1986, Barendregt has taught at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he now holds the Chair of Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science. His research group works on Constructive Interactive Mathematics. He is also Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He has been a visiting scholar at Darmstadt, ETH Zürich, Siena, and Kyoto.

Barendregt was elected a member of Academia Europaea in 1992.[2] In 1997 Barendregt was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[3] On 6 February 2003 Barendregt was awarded the Spinozapremie for 2002, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands.[4] In 2002 he was knighted in the Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.

Barendregt received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2015.[5]

Selected publications


  1. ^ Erik Barendsen; Herman Geuvers; Venanzio Capretta; Milad Niqui, eds. (2007). Reflections on Type Theory, Lambda Calculus, and the Mind — Essays Dedicated to Henk Barendregt on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. University Nijmegen. ISBN 978-90-9022446-6. Here: Preface, p.5
  2. ^ "Hendrik Barendregt". Academia Europaea. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Henk Barendregt". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ "NWO Spinoza Prize 2002". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Edinburgh Campus graduations - News | Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh". www.hw.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-24.