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Simon

Name: Simon van Dijk
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, etc: computer programming
Year of birth: 1948
Profession, area of study, etc: I am employed as a freelance test consultant for banks and insurance companies in Holland. I have studied at the Leiden University and have a PhD in theoretical physics and also one in applied mathematics. Afterwards I also studied informatics at a slightly lower level. (called “higher professional education” in Holland)
Where you live in the world: a small village near Delft, in the Netherlands, where my family lived for at least 400 years.
Marital status, # of kids etc.: I got married at the age of 39 and have 3 daughters. My wife is a flight attendant at KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines). The kids are all studying at Leiden university.
Comments: When I was diagnosed Asperger at the age of 57 it didn’t come as a surprise. I have ALL the characteristics of an Asperger. Also Simon is a typical name for an autist. My family lived for over 400 years in my home town, and I got the nickname “stranger”.

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