Philosopher Gerard de Vries was appointed Knight of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands on Tuesday 16 December 2014 for his exceptional achievements for the sciences, social sciences and humanities. This high distinction was also given for the outstanding way in which he has used his scholarly knowledge for society and for his contributions to the education and training of students and young scholars.
De Vries was founder, director and chair of the board of WTMC from 1988 till 1998. Since 2004, he was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague. The decoration was given to De Vries by the Council chair André Knottnerus, who spoke on behalf of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte.