Hendrik Casimir, Dutch physicist

Hendrik Casimir, Dutch physicist

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Hendrik Casimir (1909-2000), Dutch physicist. Casimir was born in the Hague and studied at Copenhagen, Denmark, and Leiden, Netherlands. In 1934 he introduced the theory of superconductivity called the 'two-fluid model', which was the basis of the later BCS theory of superconductivity. He predicted the Casimir effect in 1948, suggesting that two parallel conducting plates in a vacuum would experience an attractive force due to their influence on the electromagnetic vacuum. This force was detected in 1958. Casimir also worked in industry, receiving the IRI Medal (1976) from the Industrial Research Institute.

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