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Herman van Hall (1801-1874)

Professor of Botany and Rural Economics
Herman van Hall

In 1815 Rural Economics was introduced as an independent subject to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The classes were aimed at theology students who would later become preacher-farmers and would use the knowledge gained in their farms.

Van Hall, as professor, was in charge of a collection of demonstration models and the economics garden, which contained profitable cash crops.

In 1842 Van Hall created a basis for a Rural Economics School and as he advocated the combination of theory and practice, there was a farm attached to it. He was a member of many societies and was also very active in ensuring that farmers received good information. This paved the way for improving business management in agriculture.

Rural Economics School called Van Hall Institute
Rural Economics School called Van Hall Institute
Model of a crane
Model of a crane
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