Learn more about Willem Schermerhorn
December 17, 1894 - March 11 1977
<tr><td align="center" bgcolor=bisque>Prime Minister of the Netherlands </table> Willem Schermerhorn (December 17, 1894 - March 11, 1977) was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1945 until 1946. He was the first Prime Minister after World War II.
He became professor at the Delft University of Technology on September 7, 1926. Schermerhorn remained professor until 1944, when he was removed by the German occupational forces because of his activities in the Dutch resistance.
After he was removed as professor in 1944 Schermerhorn went into hiding to avoid being taken prisoner by the German occupational forces.
On June 24, 1945 he became Prime Minister of the cabinet Schermerhorn/Drees, the first cabinet after World War II. Schermerhorn was the first Dutch Prime Minister who appointed civil servants with a political background, people like Koos Vorrink and Hendrik Brugmans (nicknamed 'The Schermerboys").
After his parliamentarian career ended he became director of the International Training Center for Aerial Survey in 1951 (until 1969).
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