Baron van Asbeck has made many outstanding engineering contributions to asphalt technology. His work has to do with the development, design and building of structures in which asphalt is used, mostly notably in the field of hydraulics.
He is also the author of numerous papers and a basic text entitled “Bitumen in Hydraulic Engineering”, publishing in two volumes (1955 and 1964). He is known as a lecturer on the subject as well.
Born in Semarang, Indonesia, in 1898, Baron van Asbeck graduated as a civil engineer from the engineer from the Delft, Holland, and Technological University in 1925. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.
During World War II, the Baron was a Captain in the Royal Artillery; after the war, he was attached to the Netherlands Ministry of Reconstruction.