Dirk Martin (b. 1951) graduated as a historian at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) where he presented a doctoral thesis on the local political personnel in the interwar period.
He was a junior researcher at the National Foundation for Scientific Research and he is a scientific collaborator at Cegesoma since 1979 where he was in charge of the Documentation sector until end 2010. He was also acting Director of CEGESOMA and secretary of the Documentation Group of the Federal Scientific Institutions. Working half-time since 1 January 2011, he dedicated himself entirely to the management of the sub-sector Archives of the Centre. Now he is Head and Director of Operations of the Centre.
He is a member of various executive committees and associations in the scientific sector. His fields of research concern Belgian foreign policy before, during and after the Second World War, local politics in the interwar period, several aspects (especially of cultural politics) of the history of the occupation and the sources concerning the history of Belgium during the Second World War.
He is an Officier of the Order of Leopold, the Ordre des Palmes Academiques, and a Knight Officer of the Order of the Lion and the Black Cross.