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 224,790 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Nicolaas Bloembergen is the 195th most popular physicist (down from 113th in 2019), the 109th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 45th in 2019) and the 10th 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 195 out of 721Before him are Charles H. Townes, Sheldon Lee Glashow, Richard E. Taylor, Vitaly Ginzburg, John L. Hall, and Willis Lamb. After him are Melvin Schwartz, Freeman Dyson, Louis Néel, Claude-Louis Navier, Philip Warren Anderson, and Abdus Salam.

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Among people born in 1920, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 39Before him are Fritz Walter, Helmut Newton, Clarice Lispector, Dave Brubeck, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, and Alberto Sordi. After him are Sun Myung Moon, Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Gunnar Gren, Walter Nowotny, Maureen O'Hara, and Frank Sheeran. Among people deceased in 2017, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 44Before him are Peter L. Berger, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Liliane Bettencourt, Emma Morano, Liu Xiaobo, and Harry Dean Stanton. After him are Danielle Darrieux, John Surtees, Adnan Khashoggi, Jonathan Demme, Jean Rochefort, and Jacque Fresco.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 109 out of 1,209Before him are Paul J. Crutzen (1933), Martinus Beijerinck (1851), William II of Holland (1228), Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778), Louise of the Netherlands (1828), and Gerard Kuiper (1905). After him are Etty Hillesum (1914), Dick Advocaat (1947), Robert van Gulik (1910), Gabriël Metsu (1629), Judith Leyster (1609), and Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692).

Among PHYSICISTS In Netherlands

Among physicists born in Netherlands, Nicolaas Bloembergen ranks 10Before him are Pieter Zeeman (1865), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Peter Debye (1884), Simon van der Meer (1925), and Frits Zernike (1888). After him are Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Jan Ingenhousz (1730), Gerard 't Hooft (1946), Hans Kramers (1894), Hendrik Casimir (1909), and Samuel Goudsmit (1902).