Jan van der Meer was born in 1947 in Burgum, a small village in the province of Fryslân in the north of the Netherlands. He received his MS in Electronic Engineering in 1978 from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Jan has broad interests; during his study he investigated macro-economic options to improve employment by reducing labour charges and at the same time increasing value-added tax, which resulted in two published papers. But Jan decided to pursue a career in electronic engineering by joining Philips in 1979, where he became (co-)inventor of 12 patents.
Throughout his career within Philips, Jan's task has been to interface between Research and Product Development, with the objective to make new technology from Research suitable for products. From this perspective, Jan has been involved in the creation of a series of standards and products for Optical Media, Broadcast, Mobile and Internet.
Jan played a leading role in the MPEG standards committee almost from its very beginning and contributed not only to the development of the MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards, but also to their usage in specific application areas, such as specified by 3GPP, DAVIC, DVB, IETF and ISMA. Jan is acknowledged worldwide for his contributions to MPEG and other standard bodies.
The following lists the most important activities in which Jan has been involved.