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Biography

Lodewijk Petram is Research Data Manager for the components of CLARIAH developed by Huygens Institute. He is responsible for the functionality of the infrastructure that provides access to data about historical persons and locations, and for ensuring the quality of this data. Researchers can come to him with questions and suggestions about the use of the infrastructure, for example, with regard to the search functionality and the possibilities for linking their own data. He also contributes to research proposals (especially the data management section) that include the use of the infrastructure.

Lodewijk studied economics and history at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in 2011 with a dissertation on the development of the share trade in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, which he subsequently adapted into the book De bakermat van de beurs, aimed at a wider audience. In 2012, his work was awarded the Dirk Jacob Veegen Prize.

As an independent historian, he has since written the history of an insurance company and De vergeten bankencrisis (The Forgotten Banking Crisis), about the first major Dutch banking crisis (1921-1925). This book was shortlisted for the Libris History Prize 2016. Currently, in addition to his work at Huygens Institute, Lodewijk is working on a project about the Netherlands on the eve of the Second World War, focusing on the issues surrounding the Dutch volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). He is working on this project together with Dr. Samuël Kruizinga (UvA).