It is with a sad heart that we are reporting the passing of Nicolass Bloembergen. He was a Dutch-born American physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
Nicolaas was 97 at the time of his passing in Tucson, Arizona. According to the New York Times, he studied quantum mechanics by the light of an oil lamp while hiding from the Nazis in the Netherlands during World War II and later shared a Nobel Prize for his contributions to laser spectroscopy.
His son, Brink, confirmed he died of cardiorespiratory failure at an assisted living facility. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Nicolaas during this tough time.
Nicolaas was also a doctor and spent 40 years at Harvard University. He was considered by some to be the other of nonlinear optics.
“He was the first to realize and show that materials behave differently when you have very intense beams of light falling on them,” said Jim C. Wyant, a professor emeritus at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, who met Dr. Bloembergen in 1969.
Friends and academic admirers took to social media to express their sadness upon the news of his passing. Many thanked him for his incredible contributions to the world.
“He was one of the major intellectual forces in the explosion of science and applications related to the laser,” said John Armstrong, a retired IBM research director who worked as a postdoctoral student in Dr. Bloembergen’s lab in the 1960s. “There are a thousand applications of lasers, not only in surgery but in all forms of manufacturing and all forms of diagnostics for material properties.”
The New York Times also reported that, “Dr. Bloembergen became a professor at Harvard in 1951 and stayed there until his retirement in 1990. He received the National Medal of Science from President Gerald R. Ford in 1974. After retiring from Harvard, he moved to Tucson and became a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences, in 1991, though he would not accept a salary.”
Please join us in praying for his family. Also, make sure you read our other breaking news article about a famous entertainer who just died after battling heart issues.