The story of Jules Schagen van Leeuwen

May 05, 2022

Today is Liberation Day. A time to commemorate, and look back on the turbulent period in our 100-year history. Thanks to a clever move by the Royal Navy, one special director ensured that important Dutch knowledge was secured during the occupation of our factory, and Thales Netherlands (then Signaal) could later continue to exist.

In memory of this remarkable man, his monument was renovated and reinstalled in the presence of his family, including his 92-year-old daughter. The birds at the top of the monument symbolize that only in a free spirit can imagination precede knowledge. The reinstatement was a very special moment in this anniversary year.

That this man has a special place in the history of Thales is obvious. We would like to introduce you to: Jules Schagen van Leeuwen.