Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Growing up in Oegstgeest.- Kapteyn and Groningen.- Stars of High Velocity.- Via Yale to Leiden.- Rotation of the Galaxy; Marriage- Galactic Structures and Dynamics.- The Oort Limit and Galaxy Photometry.- Professor and Adjunct-Director.- World War II: The Watershed.- Opening Up New Avenues.- Spiral Structure, Interstellar Medium and the Crab.- Dwingeloo, ESO, the Vatican and the Cross-Antenna.- Galactic Structure and the Dwingeloo Telescope.- Westerbork, Retirement and Beyond.-
15. The Last Horizon.- Curriculum Vitae, Publications, Honors, Students and Academic Genealogy.- Texts of Selected Documents.- Notes and References.- Index.
Pieter C. van der Kruit is the Jacobus C. Kapteyn Honorary Professor of Astronomy at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in astronomy from Leiden University in 1971 under Jan Hendrik Oort. He held a prestigious Carnegie postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories in Pasadena, California, before moving to the University of Groningen in 1975. He has held visiting positions at numerous institutions, including the Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, Australia; the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, UK; the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, USA; the European Southern Observatory in Santiago, Chile, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Tenerife, Spain, and the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. His research concerns structure and dynamics of disks in galaxies. He has published over 160 papers, more than half as lead or sole author, contributed substantially to over 20 more, and authored or edited six books. In Groningen he taught introductory astronomy and advanced level courses on structure and dynamics of galaxies for many years, the latter also at a Saas-Fee winter school in Switzerland and in university curricula in Porto, Portugal, in Santiago, Chile and in Beijing, China. He is a former director of the Kapteyn Institute and has been a member and often chairman of numerous national and international boards and committees, notably President of Council of the European Southern Observatory and chairman of the Board for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array ALMA.