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Nobel Prize winner Nicolaas Bloembergen (97) has passed away

We learned of the passing away of Nicolaas Bloembergen, Nobel Prize winner in Physics (1981) at the age of 97.

Nico, as he was known in the community, graduated in Leiden in 1948 with Cor Gorter as promotor. His graduate research, performed with Ed Purcell and Bob Pound at Harvard on Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation was one of the first in the field of NMR. Nico did a postdoc in Leiden with Gorter in 1949 to return to the USA where he continued his career. He became one of the founding fathers of the fields of laser spectroscopy and nonlinear optics. In 1973 Nico returned to Leiden as Lorentz Professor. We honor Nico as a great scientist.