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List of notable or famous physicists from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in the Netherlands and even some popular physicists who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch physicists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physicist from the Netherlands is included when available.

People include everything from Wubbo Ockels to Andre Geim.

This historic physicists from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch physicists of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicists from the Netherlands?" These prominent physicists of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch physicists.

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Aaldert Wapstra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Aaldert Wapstra Died at 83 (1923-2006) Aaldert Hendrik Wapstra was a Dutch physicist. Wapstra became a full professor in 1955 at the department of experimental physics at the Technische Hogeschool, now the Technical University in ...more

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Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Abraham Pais Died at 82 (1918-2000) Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities ...more

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Adriaan Fokker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Adriaan Fokker Died at 85 (1887-1972) Adriaan Daniël Fokker was a Dutch physicist and musician.

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Aldert Van der Ziel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Aldert Van der Ziel Died at 81 (1910-1991) Prof. Dr. Aldert van der Ziel, was a Dutch physicist who studied electronic noise processes in materials such as semiconductors and metals.

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Andre Geim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Andre Geim age 59 Sir Andre Konstantin Geim, FRS, HonFRSC, HonFInstP is a Soviet-born Dutch-British physicist working at the University of Manchester. Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with ...more

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Antonius van den Broek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Antonius van den Broek Died at 56 (1870-1926) Antonius Johannes van den Broek was a Dutch amateur physicist notable for being the first who realized that the number of an element in the periodic table corresponds to the charge of its atomic ...more

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Arend Joan Rutgers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Arend Joan Rutgers Died at 95 (1903-1998) Arend Joan Rutgers was a Dutch/Belgian physical chemist. Arend Joan Rutgers went to high school in Almelo, after which he studied chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. After he obtained his ...more

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Balthasar van der Pol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Balthasar van der Pol Died at 70 (1889-1959) Balthasar van der Pol was a Dutch physicist. Van der Pol studied physics in Utrecht, and in 1920 he was awarded his doctorate. He studied experimental physics with John Ambrose Fleming and Sir ...more

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Carlo Beenakker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Carlo Beenakker age 57 Carlo W. J. Beenakker is a professor at Leiden University and leader of the university's mesoscopic physics group, established in 1992.

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Carolyne M. Van Vliet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Carolyne M. Van Vliet age 89 Carolyne Marina Van Vliet is a Dutch-born American physicist notable for the theory of generation-recombination noise and for the theory of quantum transport in nonequilibrium statistical ...more

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Cees Dekker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Cees Dekker age 58 Cornelis "Cees" Dekker is a Dutch scientist known for his research on carbon nanotubes, single-molecule biophysics, and nanobiology. He has more than 240 publications, including more ...more

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Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Christiaan Huygens Died at 66 (1629-1695) Christiaan Huygens, FRS was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of ...more

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Clemens C. J. Roothaan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Clemens C. J. Roothaan age 99 Clemens C.J. Roothaan is a Dutch physicist. He enrolled TU Delft in 1935 to study electrical engineering. During World War II he was first detained as a prisoner of war camp. Later he and his ...more

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Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus K... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus Krayenhoff Died at 82 (1758-1840) Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus, Baron Krayenhoff was a physicist, artist, general, hydraulic engineer, cartographer and - against his will and for only a short time - Dutch Minister of War.

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Daniel Bernoulli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Daniel Bernoulli Died at 82 (1700-1782) Daniel Bernoulli FRS was a Swiss mathematician and physicist and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He is particularly remembered for his applications of ...more

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Dirk Polder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Dirk Polder Died at 82 (1919-2001) Dirk Polder was a Dutch physicist who, together with Hendrik Casimir, first predicted the existence of what today is known as the Casimir-Polder force, sometimes also referred to as the Casimir ...more

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Dirk Coster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Dirk Coster Died at 61 (1889-1950) Dirk Coster, was a Dutch physicist. He was a Professor of Physics and Meteorology at the University of Groningen. Coster was born in Amsterdam. On February 26, 1919, he married Lina Maria ...more

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Edsger W. Dijkstra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Edsger W. Dijkstra Died at 72 (1930-2002) Edsger Wybe Dijkstra was a Dutch computer scientist. He received the 1972 Turing Award for fundamental contributions to developing programming languages, and was the Schlumberger Centennial ...more

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Eric Mazur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Eric Mazur age 63 Eric Mazur is a physicist and educator at Harvard University, and an entrepreneur in technology start-ups for the educational and military markets. Mazur's research is in experimental ultrafast ...more

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Erik Verlinde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Erik Verlinde age 56 Erik Peter Verlinde is a Dutch theoretical physicist and string theorist. He is the identical twin brother of physicist Herman Verlinde. The Verlinde formula, which is important in conformal ...more

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Frans Michel Penning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Frans Michel Penning Died at 59 (1894-1953) Frans Michel Penning was a Dutch experimental physicist. He received his PhD from the University of Leiden in 1923, and studied low pressure gas discharges at the Philips Laboratory in ...more

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Frits Zernike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Frits Zernike Died at 78 (1888-1966) Frits Zernike was a Dutch physicist and winner of the Nobel prize for physics in 1953 for his invention of the phase contrast microscope, an instrument that permits the study of internal cell ...more

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Geertruida de Haas-Lorentz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Geertruida de Haas-Lorentz Died at 88 (1885-1973) Geertruida Luberta de Haas-Lorentz was a female Dutch physicist and the first to perform fluctuational analysis of electrons as Brownian particles. Consequently she is considered to be the first ...more

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George Uhlenbeck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
George Uhlenbeck Died at 88 (1900-1988) George Eugene Uhlenbeck was a Dutch-American theoretical physicist.

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Gerard 't Hooft is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Gerard 't Hooft age 71 Gerardus 't Hooft is a Dutch theoretical physicist and professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He shared the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics with his thesis advisor Martinus J. G. Veltman ...more

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Gerardus J. Sizoo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Gerardus J. Sizoo Died at 94 (1900-1994) Gerardus Johannes Sizoo was the first professor of physics at the Vrije Universiteit. He is notable for the establishment and development of the applied physics laboratory in 1930 and the ...more

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Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau Died at 54 (1944-1998) Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau was a Dutch biomechanist. He made large contributions to the field of biomechanics, particularly muscle coordination, energetics of movement, and the functions of ...more

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Hans Kramers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Hans Kramers Died at 58 (1894-1952) Hendrik Anthony "Hans" Kramers was a Dutch physicist who worked with Niels Bohr to understand how electromagnetic waves interact with matter.

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Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Died at 73 (1853-1926) Heike Kamerlingh Onnes was a Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate. He exploited the Hampson-Linde cycle to investigate how materials behave when cooled to nearly absolute zero and later to liquefy ...more

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Hendricus Stoof is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Hendricus Stoof age 55 Hendricus T. C. Stoof is a professor in theoretical physics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His main interests are atomic physics, condensed matter physics and many-body physics. He is ...more

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Hendrik Casimir is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Hendrik Casimir Died at 91 (1909-2000) Hendrik Brugt Gerhard Casimir ForMemRS was a Dutch physicist best known for his research on the two-fluid model of superconductors in 1934 and the Casimir effect in 1948.

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Hendrik Lorentz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Hendrik Lorentz Died at 75 (1853-1928) Hendrik Antoon Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who shared the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery and theoretical explanation of the Zeeman effect. He also derived the ...more

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Herman Verlinde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Herman Verlinde age 56 Herman Louis Verlinde is a Dutch theoretical physicist and string theorist. He is a professor at Princeton University. He is also the identical twin brother of Erik Verlinde.

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Hessel de Vries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Hessel de Vries Died at 43 (1916-1959) Hessel de Vries, was a Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Groningen who furthered the detection methods and applications of radiocarbon dating to a variety of sciences. But for ...more

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Hugo Rietveld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Hugo Rietveld age 86 Hugo M. Rietveld is a Dutch crystallographer and one of the most prominent crystallographers of the 20th century. He is famous for his invention of the Rietveld refinement method, which is used ...more

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Jan Ingenhousz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jan Ingenhousz Died at 69 (1730-1799) Jan Ingenhousz or Ingen-Housz FRS was a Dutch physiologist, biologist and chemist. He is best known for showing that light is essential to photosynthesis and thus having discovered ...more

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Jean-Pierre Minckelers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jean-Pierre Minckelers Died at 76 (1748-1824) Jean-Pierre Minckelers was an inventor of illuminating gas. At the age of sixteen, in 1764, he went to the University of Leuven, where he studied theology and philosophy at the Collegium ...more

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Jan Smit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jan Smit Jan Smit is a Dutch theoretical physicist. During his PhD at UCLA with professor Robert Finkelstein he made some early contributions to lattice formulation of quantum field theory around 1972, ...more

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Jan Terlouw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jan Terlouw age 86 Jan Cornelis Terlouw is a Dutch scientist, politician, and author.

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Janwillem van den Berg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Janwillem van den Berg Died at 65 (1920-1985) Janwillem van den Berg was a Dutch speech scientist and medical physicist who played a major role in establishing the myoelastic-aerodynamic theory of voice production. The most notable aspect ...more

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Johannes Bosscha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Johannes Bosscha Died at 80 (1831-1911) Johannes Bosscha Jr. was a Dutch physicist. Bosscha came from a family long known for their academic achievements. His great-grandfather and grandfather were classical scholars. His father, ...more

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Johannes Diderik van der Waals is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Johannes Diderik van der Waals Died at 86 (1837-1923) Johannes Diderik van der Waals was a Dutch theoretical physicist and thermodynamicist famous for his work on an equation of state for gases and liquids. His name is primarily associated with the ...more

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Jan Burgers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jan Burgers Died at 86 (1895-1981) Johannes Martinus Burgers was a Dutch physicist and the brother of the physicist W. G. Burgers. Burgers studied in Leiden under Paul Ehrenfest, where he obtained his PhD in 1918. He is credited ...more

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Jook Walraven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jook Walraven age 70 Joannes Theodorus Maria Walraven is a Dutch experimental physicist at the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for experimental physics in Amsterdam. From 1967 he studied physics at the University of ...more

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Jos Engelen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Jos Engelen age 67 Prof. dr. J. J. Engelen, a Dutch physicist, is Chairman of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research since 1 January 2009. NWO is the principal Dutch science funding body.

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Karel Niessen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Karel Niessen Died at 72 (1895-1967) Karel Frederik Niessen was a Dutch theoretical physicist who made contributions to quantum mechanics and is known for the Pauli-Niessen model.

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Bert Broer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Bert Broer Died at 75 (1916-1991) Lambertus Johannes Folkert "Bert" Broer was a Dutch physicist and mathematician.

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Leonard Ornstein is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Leonard Ornstein Died at 61 (1880-1941) Leonard Salomon Ornstein was a Dutch physicist.

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Martin van Marum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Martin van Marum Died at 87 (1750-1837) Martin van Marum was a Dutch physician, inventor, scientist and teacher, who studied medicine and philosophy in Groningen. Van Marum introduced modern chemistry in the Netherlands after the ...more

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Martinus J. G. Veltman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Physicists from the Netherlands
Martinus J. G. Veltman age 86 Martinus Justinus Godefriedus "Tini" Veltman is a Dutch theoretical physicist. He shared the 1999 Nobel Prize in physics with his former student Gerardus 't Hooft for their work on