Gerard Heymans (1857-1930) started the first psychological laboratory of the Netherlands. In 1892 he began experimenting in a villa near the present Groninger Museum. Heymans was a champion of th empirical method. In 1909, when the Academy building was rebuilt, he set up a bigger, professional laboratory. This passionate administrator, psychologist and philosopher fulfilled a key role at the university. This video presents an insight into his life.