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Nicolaas Bloembergen

1920 - 2017

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Nicolaas Bloembergen (March 11, 1920 – September 5, 2017) was a Dutch-American physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized for his work in developing driving principles behind nonlinear optics for laser spectroscopy. During his career, he was a professor at Harvard University and later at the University of Arizona and at Leiden University in 1973 (as Lorentz Professor). Bloembergen shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Arthur Schawlow and Kai Siegbahn because their work "has had a profound effect on our present knowledge of the constitution of matter" through the use of laser spectroscopy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicolaas Bloembergen has received more than 237,966 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia. Nicolaas Bloembergen is the 155th most popular physicist (up from 195th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 109th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Dutch Physicist.

Nicolaas Bloembergen is most famous for his work in the field of optics, specifically the development of the laser.

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Among physicists, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 155 out of 717Before him are Ben Roy Mottelson, Martin Lewis Perl, Rudolf Mössbauer, Hans Geiger, Peter Grünberg, and Val Logsdon Fitch. After him are Hugh Everett III, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Michio Kaku, Willard Boyle, Murray Gell-Mann, and Steven Weinberg.

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Among people born in 1920, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 32Before him are Walter Matthau, Helmut Newton, John Demjanjuk, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ravi Shankar, and Douglass North. After him are François Jacob, Clarice Lispector, Gene Tierney, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Mickey Rooney, and Fritz Walter. Among people deceased in 2017, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 28Before him are Jerry Lewis, Hans Georg Dehmelt, Martin Landau, Mário Soares, Lotfi A. Zadeh, and George A. Romero. After him are Tzvetan Todorov, Kenneth Arrow, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Roman Herzog, Liu Xiaobo, and Emmanuelle Riva.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 81 out of 1,427Before him are Carel Fabritius (1622), Jan Oort (1900), Gerard van Honthorst (1592), Sophia of Hanover (1630), Cornelius Jansen (1585), and Bernard Mandeville (1670). After him are Bernard Haitink (1929), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562), Geert Hofstede (1928), Judith Leyster (1609), Lucas van Leyden (1494), and Edsger W. Dijkstra (1930).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 9Before him are Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), and Frits Zernike (1888). After him are Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Simon van der Meer (1925), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), Hans Kramers (1894), and Hendrik Casimir (1909).