Paul van der Vet (1948) studied chemistry and philosophy of science. After his M.Sc. he joined the P.A. Tiele Academy, a library school in The Hague (now part of the Haagse Hogeschool), as teacher. While he worked there he did his Ph.D. research which resulted in a thesis called "The aborted takeover of chemistry by physics" in 1987.
He also joined a committee that was to advise about the restructuring of the six Dutch library schools, and he served on a committee that prepared the Information Science Department of the Haagse Hogeschool. For a short time he joined Courseware Midden Nederland, a firm that developed courseware for higher education.
In 1989 he joined the Knowledge-Based Systems Group of the University of Twente, where he worked on text mining, information retrieval, and ontologies, with an emphasis on scientific texts. When the Knowledge-Based Systems Group was discontinued, he joined the Human Media Interaction group (which then had a different name). He concentrates on interaction with and user-centred design of bioinformatics resources. He currently spends part of his time at Wageningen University in the Bioinformatics Laboratory of the Plant Sciences department.