Lecture on Professor T.H. Thung

March 28, 2024

On 24 April 2024, Frans Glissenaar will give a lecture on the life of Professor Thung (1897-1960). The lecture is part of the extended exhibition Fascinating Viruses at Special Collections. We're pleased to inform you that the exhibition is now also available online. In this news article, you'll find more information on the lecture and online exhibition.


Professor Thung was a scientific pioneer in plant pathology, but especially in virology. He was the world's very first professor of virology, at the Agricultural College in Wageningen. Glissenaar recently published a biography 'Tussen de vier zeeën’ (Hilversum: Verloren, 2023) on Thung. In his lecture he will focus on Thung's background and academic development, his significance for virology and Wageningen.

Following the lecture, our curator will give you a guided tour of the 'Fascinating Viruses' exhibition, combined with a behind-the-scenes look at Special Collections of WUR Library.

Programme lecture on 24 April:

Walk-in from 2:30 pm

Start lecture: 3 pm

Start guided tour: 3:45 pm

End of programme: 5 pm

Location: Room B0313, on the third floor of the Forum (building 102), Wageningen Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6708 PB Wageningen.

The lecture and tour are free of charge. The programme will be in Dutch. Would you like to attend? Please send an email to

Exhibition Fascinating Viruses now also online

In the form of a timeline, the online exhibition gives an overview of Professor Thung's scientific career and also highlights the history of virology research in the Netherlands and in Wageningen. You'll learn more on the research that led to the discovery of the tobacco mosaic disease virus and on Professor Quanjer's virus studies on potato plants.

The texts are in English. You can view the online exhibition here.

Location & opening hours


You can visit the original exhibition Fascinating Viruses in our reading room until 30 April 2024. Special Collections is open Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm and is closed on national holidays. If you would like to visit the collection in the afternoon or with a group, please send an e-mail to

Address: Special Collections Reading Room, WUR Library, Wageningen University & Research Forum, Building 102, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, 6706KN Wageningen. Please use the main entrance to the Library on the 2nd floor of the building.

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