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“As a young physicist I learned to think out of the box. The hard way!”

Updated: Nov 26, 2018

Dr. Frank Cuypers muses about the beginning of his career


Dr. Frank Cuypers, founder and chairman of PRS Prime Re Solutions, the actuarial department of PRS Prime Re Services
Dr. Frank Cuypers, founder and chairman of PRS Prime Re Solutions, the actuarial department of PRS Prime Re Services

Dr. Frank Cuypers, a nuclear engineer with a M. Sc. in nuclear physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics missed a revolutionary discovery when he was a young physicist. In this interview he muses about what he has learned from his mistake and reveals why he nevertheless keeps on breaking his promise. The founder of Prime Re Solutions and the Prime Re Academy furthermore offers valuable insights into his private life.











Please describe your function at PRS.

In 2011 I founded with Michael Köhler the actuarial department at PRS. Since 2017 I’m the Chairman of Prime Re Solutions, but my main activity is still, and always will be, the actuarial support for our clients. I enjoy sharing my wide experience in all (re)insurance areas with them! Moreover, I started the Prime Re Academy, the educational institution of PRS; this is a channel that allows me to inspire my other colleagues in the industry a little and open the way for them to enjoy their work.


In your view, what makes up the success of PRS?

The mutual respect among the PRS experts and for our customers.


What do you like most about having direct contact with customers?

Fascinating being a consulting actuary is that you are challenged at the analytical as well as the communicative levels. The latter is rather unusual for actuaries, and I really do not want to miss it!


Successes and failures shape our lives. From which did you learn most?

As a young physicist I missed a revolutionary discovery by a hair's breadth because I relied too heavily on traditional wisdom. Years later, when I recognised my mistake, I promised myself that I will never again just accept a