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Nicolaas Bloembergen
Bloembergen in 1981
Born(1920-03-11)March 11, 1920
Dordrecht, Netherlands
DiedSeptember 5, 2017(2017-09-05) (aged 97)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
ResidenceUnited States
United States
FieldsApplied physics
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona
Alma materLeiden University
University of Utrecht
Doctoral advisorEdward Purcell
Other academic advisorsCornelis Jacobus Gorter
Doctoral studentsPeter Pershan
Known forLaser spectroscopy
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Physics (1981)
Lorentz Medal (1978)
IEEE Medal of Honor
This person won a Nobel Prize

Nicolaas "Nico" Bloembergen (March 11, 1920 – September 5, 2017) was a Dutch-American physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981.

He won the award with Arthur Schawlow and Kai Siegbahn. The won the prize for his works in laser spectroscopy.[1]

Bloembergen was born in Dordrecht, Netherlands. He studied at Leiden University and at the University of Utrecht. Bloembergen became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1951.


  1. "Nicolaas Bloembergen". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

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