Nobel Laureate and OSC Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen Dies at 97

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    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Professor and Nobel Laureate Nicolaas Bloembergen Dies at 97

    University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Professor and 1981 Nobel Laureate Nicolaas (Nico) Bloembergen, passed away in Tucson, Ariz. on the morning of Sept., 5 due to complications arising from a recent heart attack. He is survived by his wife Deli and their three children, Antonia, Brink and Juliana.

    "Nico was both an icon in the optics and physics world, as well as a warm, generous and caring person," says Thomas L. Koch, Dean of the College of Optical Sciences. "We were very fortunate to have him as a faculty member here at OSC since 2001. He enriched our community in many ways, and we will miss him greatly."

    Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences and Founding Dean of OSC James C. Wyant remembers Nico as a remarkable person. "Nico was highly respected for his many scientific achievements and he was loved by his colleagues and especially his former students and postdocs. Nico was a wonderful human being."

    The College of Optical Sciences will be publishing a more thorough remembrence of Nico's life, research and his time at the Optical Sciences Center in the coming week, via the Sept. 14 issue of Watts Up!