I have been trying to remember my first encounter with Pieter. It was definitely at a sensory meeting, possibly at an SCI meeting in London in the late 1980's. At that time we were software competitors. PSA versus CSA. But we very soon realized that we were kindred spirits. Pieter always gave to others with generosity and a huge heart. He never had mild opinions and was happy to express himself enthusiastically. A fine meal and a glass of wine was shared along with laughter and argument. Pieter always had the ability to actively engage with people and become a contributor to any event, scientific, academic or social. The Sensometrics community has suffered a great loss with his passing. Personally, I'm profoundly saddened by not being able to look forward to my next opportunity to engage in lively discussion with Pieter. He taught me that Dutch directness can be effective at getting to the heart of any problem. Pieter was always willing to put himself in challenging situations. The last photo I have included is off Pieter performing "Blind" wine tasting to resolve a bet with Pascal Schlich at the Pangborn in Dijon in 2001.
Pieter you will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues.
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