Henk Meijer was born in 1952 in Bedum, Groningen, the Netherlands. He completed his Master's degree in Econometrics in 1977 at the University of Groningen. He then moved to Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, where he completed his Master's degree in Computing Science in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics/Computing Science in 1983. Henk stayed at Queen's University until 2006, where he became full professor in 1989. In 1991 he spent a year at the University of Papua New Guinea. His administrative tasks at the School of Computing at Queen's included terms as undergraduate and graduate chair and Associated Head of the School. In 2006 the students of the School of Computing presented Henk with a lifetime teaching award.
Until 1990 his research interest was mainly in the the area of Cryptography. Later he shifted his focus to Computational Geometry and Graph Drawing. He published over 100 articles in journals and refereed conference proceedings (Recent Publications). In 2006 Henk moved back to the Netherlands, where he joined University College Roosevelt. From 2006 until 2011 he served as the head of the Science Department. From 2010 until 2014 Henk was one of the program chairs of the annual Dutch Undergraduate Student Research Conference. In 2014 he was chosen as the teacher of the year. In that year Henk retired, to return for one more semester in 2015 to teach. Since his retirement Henk continues to serve UCR as its ombudsman and maintains his ties with the research community.