Meertens, Piet

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Meertens, Piet Gender: M
Pieter Jacobus Meertens
born on 6 September 1899 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Middelburg, Netherlands, 51n30, 3e37
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
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Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 13°33' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 27°26 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 00°54'

Piet Meertens (with C.J.E. Dinaux on the left)
photo: Eric Koch (ANEFO), license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch scholar of literature, dialects and ethnology.

His father Karel Meertens was a grocer, who became an insurance agent when Piet was young. His mother Adriana Jacomina Mak stimulated Piet to study.

He studied Dutch languages and graduated on the literary life in Zeeland in the 16th and 17th centuries, under C.G.N. de Vooys.

Meertens was a progressive Christian, and a member of the small Christian Democratic Union. In the 1920s, when in Utrecht, he was a member of the board of the Dutch Association of Vegetarians. He was sympathetic to the anti-militaristic strain in the Dutch Reformed Church, and visited prisoners as part of a missionary organization. Christian-Socialist friends of his were journalist Henk van Randwijk, preachers Willem Banning and Jan Buskes, and the poet Fedde Schurer. From 1938 on he was active in the Comité van Waakzaamheid, an association of artists and intellectuals inspired by Menno ter Braak which opposed the rise of fascism and nazism.

P.J. Meertens stood model for A.P. Beerta in J. J. Voskuil's novel cycle Het Bureau, which resembles Meertens Institute.

Meertens died 28 October 1985 in Amstelveen.

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  • associate relationship with Ter Braak, Menno (born 26 January 1902). Notes: anti-fascist activities


  • Other Family 31 October 1901 in Middelburg (Brother born Cornelis Meertens)
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  • Other Family 2 January 1906 in Middelburg (Brother born: Willem Joost Jan Meertens)
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  • Other Family 13 December 1909 in Middelburg (Sister born: Jacomina Christina Margaretha Meertens)
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  • Death of Sibling 22 January 1914 in Middelburg (stillborn)
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  • Social : End a program of study 23 May 1924 in Utrecht (graduation cum laude)
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  • Social : Joined group 1 July 1930 in Utrecht (Dutch academy of science (KNAW))
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  • Death of Father 3 January 1943 in Utrecht (Karel Meertens, born 13 April 1868, Middelburg)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 July 1943 in Utrecht (Dissertation: Letterkundig leven in Zeeland in de zestiende en de eerste helft van de zeventiende eeuw)
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  • Death of Mother 29 January 1944 in Utrecht (Adriana Jacomina Mak, born 1 November 1870, Rotterdam)
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  • Death of Sibling 12 May 1945 in Voorburg (Cornelis Meertens)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 28 October 1985 in Amstelveen
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Source Notes

Svi retrieved BC from Middelburg: 6 September 1899 at 10:00 AM

Meertens, Pieter Jacobus (1899-1985)


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (vegetarian)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Ethnologist
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social