Professor Hans Reiber has been awarded Dutch royal honours. He was presented with the royal badge and ribbon by the mayor of Leiden at a symposium of the Dutch Association for Medical Imaging at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), on October 13. Professor Reiber was unexpectedly put in the limelight when he gave his presentation as last keynote speaker of the day. He has been made an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
Hans Reiber is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer and authority in his field: the clinical application of image analysis. Reiber also pioneered in the field of research valorization. He retired last August from the Department of Radiology at the LUMC, where he was the Head of the Laboratory for Clinical and Experimental Image Processing (LKEB). In the 1990s he established a company to make the results of his research available to clinicians. It is now a flourishing mid-sized enterprise with offices in Leiden and in Raleigh, NC, USA.
Professor Reiber has always been committed to enhancing the position of the field of Medical Imaging in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and founded the Netherlands Forum for Biomedical Imaging. Professor Bloem, Head of the Department of Radiology at the LUMC, says: “Hans Reiber has always fulfilled his role as a professor in a dedicated way, achieving more for the LUMC, for his field and for society than was strictly required”.