Piet Simons obtained a BSc at Wageningen University and a PhD at Wageningen University with the PhD-thesis: “Ultra structure of the hen eggshell and its physiological interpretation”.
He worked as a scientist in poultry nutrition at The Spelderholt Institute at Beekbergen from 1963 until 2004. The Spelderholt Institute is now part of the Animal Science Group of Wageningen University and Research Centre. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in poultry nutrition and started the research on phytase contributing to lower environmental emissions from poultry. The general use of enzymes in poultry nutrition has been stimulated by this original approach. Many companies in Europe, China and India started with the production of enzymes.
In cooperation with the University of Leuven he initiated at Wageningen University the Wageningen Business School courses on Poultry Nutrition, Husbandry and Climate and Incubation.
Dr Simons was Secretary and President of the Dutch Branch of the WPSA, President and Secretary of the WPSA World.