Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates

van't Klooster


The Netherlands

Personal data

Birthdate:  07.02.1944
Birthplace:  Amsterdam
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  30.08.1977
Position:  PSP
Status:  Ret. 22.12.1977
Day of death:  19.08.2020
Place of death:  Haarlem

Additional information

Bachelor of science in mathematics, physics and astronomy, 1967; master of science in experimental physics, 1970; Ph.D., 1978; from 1970 through 1978 he worked as researcher in the Van Der Waals Laboratory at the Amsterdam University; from 1978 through 1985 he worked as scientist at the Netherlands Bureau of Standards; from 1985 through 1990 he was the assistant of the chief for management of research organizations in the ministry of formation and science; from 1990 through 2001 he worked as the director of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - KNAW; currently he works as director of the "Interuniversitair Oogheelkundig Instituut - IOI / The Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute - NORI in Amsterdam"; hobbies: sports, baseball; one of five candidates from the Netherlands in the 1977 ESA selection (only Wubbo Ockels was selected as an astronaut); place of residence in 1977: Wilnis.


Last update on July 29, 2021.