Database pioneer Martin Kersten has been awarded a royal decoration today. Kersten was appointed Knight in the Royal Order of the Netherlands Lion, recognizing his merit in pioneering database research.
Kersten received his decoration at the CWI Lectures, an annual conference revolving around one of CWI’s research themes. This year, the Lectures revolved around database research, in recognition of Kersten’s retirement earlier this year.
The decoration was awarded by Hilde van Garderen, deputy mayor of Almere, which is Kersten's city of residence. In her speech, Van Garderen lauded Kersten’s extensive scientific and managerial merits in pioneering database research.