In memoriam Paul Smulders
To my great regret I have to tell you that our friend and collegue, Paul Smulders, has left this world on Sunday 19th of July, aged 75.
I will dearly miss him, with his humor and his bright mind, always having an open ear to the projects we were engaged in. Now and then we let out his dog and discussed Third World conditions and problems, trying to find solutions.
He supported Arrakis as an advisor. He also corrected my reports, when I asked him to do so, which helped a lot.
We will miss his advice and moral support and most of all his vivid companionship.
Paul has contributed highly to the scientific education of engineers nowadays leading in wind energy in The Netherlands. He was one of the first who fully engaged into the subject as early as 1971 at the Technical University of Eindhoven (Tue).
Among his students were not only Dutch engineers, but also from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, and China. And not to forget scientist mission fathers in Africa as well, pioneering wind pump technology based on the heritage of CWD, the consultancy group of which Paul was leader of at Eindhoven University between 1975 and 1990.
Paul has been buried Thursday 23d of July, in a very natural setting in a forest, near a Roman grave hill in St. Odiliёnberg.
At his final salut, I have tried to represent, in mind, all good friends who could not be present.
With sad wishes,
Jan de Jongh