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Nobel Prize Laureates

The Nobel Prize has been awarded to a number of scholars who were in one way or another attached to Leiden University. Lorentz, Kamerlingh Onnes and Einthoven were Leiden professors at the time of awarding the Prize

The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious prize in science. This international award, founded by Alfred Nobel, has been awarded annually since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature, and for peace. In 1968, the Bank of Sweden instituted the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The Nobel Laureates are announced in October every year. They winners receive their awards (a monetary prize, a gold medal and a diploma) on 10 December, the anniversary of Nobel's death. 

1901 - Van 't Hoff

Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852-1911) 
Chemistry in 1901 

Student at Leiden University (1871-1872) 
Biography

1902 - Lorentz

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853-1928) 
Physics in 1902 

Student (1870-1873), PhD (1875) and professor at Leiden University (1878-1928) 
Biography

1902 - Zeeman

Pieter Zeeman (1863-1943) 
Physics in 1902 

Student (1885-1890) and PhD (1893) at Leiden University 
Biography

1910 - Van der Waals

Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837-1923) 
Physics in 1910 

Student (1862-1865) and PhD (1873) at Leiden University 
Biography

1911 - Asser

Tobias Asser (1838-1913) 
Peace in 1911 

PhD at Leiden University (1860) 
Biography

1913 - Kamerlingh Onnes

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853-1926) 
Physics in 1913 

Professor at Leiden University (1882-1926) 
Biography

1921 - Einstein

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) 
Physics in 1921 

Professor extraordinary on behalf of the Leids Universiteits Fonds at Leiden University (1920-1946) 
Biography

1924 - Einthoven

Willem Einthoven (1860-1927) 
Physiology/Medicine in 1924 

Professor at Leiden University (1886-1927) 
Biography

1937 - Albert Szent-Györgyi

Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) 
Physiology/Medicine in 1937 

Visiting researcher at Leiden University (1920-1922) 
Biography

1938 - Fermi

Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) 
Physics in 1938 

Rockefeller fellowship at Leiden University (1924) 
Biography

1958 - Tamm

Igor Tamm (1895-1971) 
Physics in 1958  

Visiting researcher at Leiden University (1928) 
Biography

1969 - J. Tinbergen

Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994) 
Economics in 1969 

Student (1921-1925), PhD (1929) and professor (1973-1975) at Leiden University 
Biography

1973 - N. Tinbergen

Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988) 
Physiology/Medicine in 1973 

Student (1925-1930), PhD (1932), lecturer (1933-1942 // 1944-1947), professor (1947-1949) at Leiden University 
Biography

1975 - Koopmans

Tjalling Koopmans (1910-1985) 
Economics in 1975 

PhD at Leiden University (1936) 
Biography

1981 - Bloembergen

Nicolaas Bloembergen (b. 1920) 
Physics in 1981 

PhD (1948) and Lorentz Professor (1973) at Leiden University 
Biography