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Gerard Bot graduated as physicist at Delft University in 1972 and got his PhD degree in Agricultural Sciences at Wageningen University in 1983. He worked for about 35 years on greenhouse development to more efficient production facilities. In 1989 he entered the former DLO Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Engineering (IMAG-DLO) and was appointed in 1993 to professor of Applied physics at Wageningen University, in combination with his appointment at IMAG-DLO on a 50/50 base. In this way he linked basic and applied research. The focus in his research was on the physical processes in indoor climate in agricultural buildings, so greenhouses, livestock buildings and storage facilities, with emphasis on the application of both dynamical and spatial distributed modelling. By calibrating and validating these models strong research tools were made available for the design of new greenhouse systems. Special attention was paid to the application and implementation of sustainable energy. This research was performed in close cooperation with plant scientists allowing him to combine many disciplines. In 2009 he retired but is still active as visiting professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture (IEDA) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).