Prof. dr. F. (Frans) de Vries
Honorary supervisor Prof. Dr. M.J.H. Cobbenhagen - 1953 - Faculteit Economische Wetenschappen
François de Vries (Groningen, 1884 - Amsterdam, 1958) was a Dutch economist, professor at the Nederlandsche Handelshoogeschool in Rotterdam, and at the Gemeentelijke Universiteit in Amsterdam, and the first Chair of the Social and Economic Council.
After the Reformed Gymnasium in Kampen, De Vries studied law at the Vrije Universiteit and at the Gemeentelijke Universiteit in Amsterdam as of 1903: in 1910 he received his PhD at the University of Groningen. In 1913, he was appointed lecturer in economics at the newly founded Nederlandsche Handels Hoogeschool in Rotterdam. This was followed, in 1918, by a promotion to Full Professor of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Business. He served in Rotterdam until 1945, after which he was Professor of Economics at the Gemeentelijke Universiteit (later UvA) in Amsterdam until 1954.
De Vries went on to serve as Rector Magnificus in Rotterdam and was, among other things, a member of the Hoge Raad van Arbeid. In 1931 he became a member of the Economic Council, the forerunner of the SER of which he became the first Chair in 1950, a position he held until his death in 1958. It is also noteworthy that about seventy of his students later became full professors, in various countries. One of them was Cobbenhagen.
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