François Héran and Willem Frijhoff

François Héran and Willem Frijhoff have been awarded the 2010  Descartes-Huygens Prize for their outstanding research and contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

About the laureates

François Héran (born 1953) is one of the foremost social demographers in the world and has written several key publications on international migration and sociology of the family. His publications offer distinct analyses and clear recommendations. Héran is president of the European Association for Population Studies and has played a major role in its current success. He will spend the grant associated with the Descartes-Huygens Prize to cover his residence costs as a visiting researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW).

Willem Frijhoff (born 1942) is Professor Emeritus of Early Modern History at VU University Amsterdam. At the end of 2010 he was appointed Erasmus Professor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Frijhoff’s research focuses on historical processes of cultural transfer, collective memory, forms of religious perception in the early modern area and historical-anthropological themes such as magic, miracles and health. Willem Frijhoff has played a pivotal part in introducing the history of mentalities – in the tradition of the French historical journal Annales – within the Netherlands.