Fred Neerhoff was born in 1943, Den Helder, The Netherlands. He received his MSc. degree in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) and his Doctor of Science degree both from the Delft University of Technology in 1971 and 1977, respectively. In 1971 he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics of the same university as an Assistant Professor.
Next to his scientific interests he has always been active in education per sé . At the age of eighteen he started a practice as a private teacher and from 1970 onwards, he became a part-time professional teacher at the Polytechnics of Rotterdam and The Hague, respectively.
Right after his Doctor thesis, he was an invited Research Associate at Northwestern University, Department of Civil Engineering, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
After one year, he returned to the Laboratory of Electromagnetic Theory in Delft, where he continued his research on elastodynamic diffraction problems and taught a course in electromagnetics and vectoranalysis for students in electrical engineering and applied mathematics, respectively.
In the meantime, he studied psychology at the State University of Leiden and also became a political labor activist for a couple of years.
In 1984, he switched to the Laboratory of Network and System Theory where he was appointed as an Associate Professor. From then, he became heavily involved in teaching basic and advanced circuit theory and developed a complete new circuit theory curriculum. In it, nonlinearities and multi-terminal elements are an integral part of a fundamental and systematic approach.
In 2000 he switched again, now to the Laboratory of Electronic Research, where he until 2005 was involved in theoretical research on nonlinear dynamical systems. In 2001 he held the General Chair of the Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems (NDES) conference. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the NDES organization.
In 2005 he left the Delft University and became an independent academic adviser in nonlinear system dynamics and from 2010 onwards he is a publicist in philosophical and political/cultural issues.
Fred Neerhoff is a radical free-thinker and a materialistic philosopher.