Ben Feringa’s prize winning research does not stand on its own. In the long history of the University of Groningen there many scientists who carried out research worthy of a Nobel Prize. Some scientists were so far ahead of their time that others were eventually rewarded for a discovery they had already made.
Feringa, Zernike and the Groningen tradition
brings these – often forgotten – researchers into the limelight and places them next to Ben Feringa’s ‘Nobel Science’.
Researcher like the ‘tinkering headmaster’ Jacobus Laurentius Sirks, who already in 1893 invented a microscope based on the same principles as the one for which Frits Zernike got his Nobel Prize in 1953. Or Hermanus Haga who in 1899 proved the wave-like character of X-rays, thirteen years before Max von Laue who was awarded the Nobel Prize. And what about Willem Kolff who made an artificial kidney from parts of a bomber jet and a T-Ford?
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