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Charles van den Heuvel

  • Prof. dr. Charles van den Heuvel
  • Head of Department of History of Science and Scholarship
  • Specialisation: history of science; art, history of architecture and urban planning; history of library and information studies; history of the World Wide Web; digital humanities
  • +31(0)20 224 69 00


Charles van den Heuvel studied Art History at the University of Groningen and gained his PhD in 1991 with a thesis on the introduction of Italian city and fortification construction to the Netherlands in the period 1540-1609. After his study he worked in various functions, at the Netherlands Art History Institute in Florence and at various universities. Van den Heuvel was a senior researcher at the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences of the KNAW. Since January 2011 he has been a research manager in the history of science and a research leader in the ‘Circulation of Knowledge’ theme at Huygens ING. From 2013 onward, he is professor of Digital Methods and History, especially the History of Knowledge and Information Science, at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, as a researcher he also participates in the Alfalab of the KNAW and is a member of the e-Humanities Research Group of the KNAW. His most recent research within Huygens ING covers the relationships between the history of science and the history of libary and information studies. In this context, he is particularly oriented toward the history of the classification of the sciences and the (visual) representation of (universal) knowledge and the history of the World Wide Web. Further, his research is also directed toward the application of digital resources and methods in the Humanities. He is the p.i. of the NWO Investment Grant Large project: Golden Agents: Creative Industries and the Making of the Dutch Golden Age.

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Major publications:

  • C. van den Heuvel, ‘De Huysbou’, A reconstruction of an unfinished treatise on architecture, town planning and civil engineering by Simon Stevin, History of science and scholarship in the Netherlands volume 7 KNAW-Edita, Amsterdam (KNAW-Edita) 2005, 545 pp.
  • C. van den Heuvel, Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web in Research from a Historical Perspective. The designs of Paul Otlet (1868-1944) for telecommunication and machine readable documentation to organize research and society, Knowledge Organization, 2009 – 36 (4)pp. 214-226.
  • C. van den Heuvel, ‘Building Society, Constructing Knowledge, Weaving the Web. Otlet’s visualizations of a global information society and his concept of a universal civilization’, in Boyd Rayward [ed.] European Modernism and the Information Society, London (Ashgate Publishers) 2008, chapter 7, pp. 127-153


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