Rob van Glabbeek

Be welcome on this introduction page. My name is Rob van Glabbeek, born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I studied mathematics at the university of Leiden, and afterwards, affiliated as scientific collaborator with the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam, wrote a dissertation in theoretical computer science.
On May 16, 1990, I was awarded a Ph.D. degree at the Free University of Amsterdam.
Subsequently, I have continued my scientific research in theoretical computer science, first at the Technical University of Munich, and then for 12 years at Stanford University, near San Francisco, California, USA.
Currently I'm visiting several scientific institutes for a couple of months at a time, before deciding whether and where to settle down. More information about my work is located here.

For almost 10 years I lived about 7 km north of Stanford University, in an unincorporated area bordering Redwood City. There I rented a detached house with a garden, shown below. From May 2000 to August 2001, I lived in King's Mountain, a small cluster of houses in the redwood forest on top of the 2000 foot high hills above Woodside, about 20 km west of the university. Then I enjoyed a period of vagrancy, including a couple of house sitting arrangements, until I moved in with my beloved Selena in September 2002. In November 2002, Selena and I left the Bay Area, in order to live a couple of months at a time in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Sydney (Australia), Antibes (Southern France), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cambridge (England) and maybe Italy.

The only reliable way to reach me is by email: (this is valid for life).
If you have to use snailmail (which I don't check every week) or telephone, please find my latest coordinates here.

Politically I consider myself a libertarian, or more precisely an anarcho-capitalist. More information about libertarianism can be found here. A libertarian writer I particularly agree with is David Friedman. I do not believe; in particularly not in Gods (I have no religion) or in paranormal phenomena. Good information about the latter can be found, for instance, in the Sceptical Inquirer, published by CSICOP. My opinions about matrimony can be found here; this is required reading for everybody who wants to marry me.

My hobbies include pondering over fundamental philosophical questions, travelling, and hiking, skiing, mountain climbing, wild-water rafting, kayaking, scuba-diving, etc., especially through stunning landscapes. Occasionally I like to play the piano, but as I don't have one, I don't do it well anymore. When the opportunity arises I love to play tennis, volleyball, table tennis, or any other sport; yet this doesn't happen often. I also like to play games of almost any kind. And I go to Burning Man. My favorite writers include Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein (his Hugo Award winning books).

More pictures of myself and some of my travels can be found here.

Rob van Glabbeek