Zernike, Frits

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Born: Jul 06, 1888 AD
Died: 1966 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Inventor


1888 – A Dutch inventor and Physicist who invented phase contrast microscope, was born on the 16th day of July in Amsterdam.

 

1905 - He entered the University of Amsterdam, studying chemistry, with physics and mathematics as minor subjects.

 

1908 – He won a prize essay on probabilities for which he obtained a gold medal of the University of Groningen.

 

1912 – He was rewarded for his more elaborated work on critical opalescence at Harlem by the Dutch Society of Sciences.

 

1915 – In this year the prize essay later formed the basis of his doctor's thesis.

 

1913 – He was invited by the famous Professor of Astronomy at Groningen University to become his assistant.

 

1915 – He got his first university teaching post as successor of Ornstein as lecturer in mathematical physics at Groningen.

 

1920 – He became a full pledge professor at the same University.

 

1930 – He made a great discovery of the phase-contrast phenomenon in his totally black painted optical laboratory, which did not immediately receive the attention it deserved.

 

1953 – He won the Nobel Prize for physics for his invention of the phase contrast microscope.

 

1954 – He got married to Mrs. L. Koperberg-Baanders., right after his retirement from Groningen University then they moved to Naarden.

 

1966 – He died at Amersfoort, Amsterdam.

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