On Friday, 25 April, linguist Anne Baker, physics historian Anne Kox and teacher trainer Ries Sieswerda were named Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau and Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau, respectively.
Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, presented the royal distinctions as part of the 'rain of titles' during the King's Day celebrations in the Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam.
Baker received the distinction in recognition of her linguistic research into language acquisition, which has won her great international acclaim. Her research on Dutch Sign Language (NGT) and her efforts to promote uniformity within the language and have it officially recognised by the government represent a particularly valuable contribution to society. Baker is emeritus professor of General Linguistics.
Kox was honoured for his tireless work to advance the study of the history of physics, both at the University of Amsterdam's faculties of Science and Humanities and more broadly around the world. His efforts also secured the preservation of several important scientific archives, including that of Nobel Prize winning physicist Pieter Zeeman. Kox is emeritus special chair of History of Physics.
Sieswerda received the title for her many years of dedication to improving education in Africa. She was the driving force behind various education projects in Madagascar, Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Uganda, integrating knowledge from scientific research into teaching practices in rural areas with great success. Sieswerda works at the Interfaculty Teacher Training programmes (ILO).