Herman van Roijen

Jan Herman van Roijen (10 April 1905 in Constantinopel 16 March 1991 in Wassenaar) was a Dutch diplomat and politician.[1] He was Dutch foreign minister in 1946.[2]


Van Roijen was the son of Jan Herman van Roijen Sr (1871–1933) and the American Albertina Taylor Winthrop (1871–1934). When Jr was born, his father was a diplomat in Constantinople.[1]

Diplomatic career

The diplomatic career of van Roijen began in the 1930s when he held positions in embassies in Washington and Tokyo as well as positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague.[2] Following the war, he represented the Netherlands at various conferences linked to the nascent United Nations, including the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco.[1][2] After his brief stint as the Dutch foreign minister he was the ambassador to Canada (1947–1950), to the United States (1950–1964) and jointly to the United Kingdom and to Iceland (1964–1970).[1]


In 1982 he received the inaugural Freedom from Fear Award and in 1984 he received the Wateler Peace Prize for his diplomatic efforts.[2] He received an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law from The University of Toledo on June 8, 1957.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Jan H. van Roijen, 85, Former Envoy to U.S.". The New York Times. March 20, 1991. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Dr. J.H. (Herman) van Roijen". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). Parlementair Documentatie Centrum. Retrieved 10 October 2012.

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