Ten fun facts about Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
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Heike Kamerlingh Onnes was born on September 21, 1853 at Groningen, Netherlands.
He pioneered refrigeration techniques and discovered superconductivity, the total lack of electrical resistance in certain materials when cooled to a temperature near absolute zero.
Kamerlingh Onnes entered the University of Groningen and obtained his ‘candidaats’ degree the following year. He obtained the doctor’s degree in 1879.
From 1882 to 1923 he worked as a professor of experimental physics at the University of Leyden. Kammerlingh Onnes founded a large cryogenics laboratory which was named after him.Fact 5
He was the first to liquefy helium on July 10, 1908.Fact 6
Kammerlingh Onnes became an assistant to Johannes Bosscha at the Polytechnicum at Delft and became a Professor of Experimental Physics and meteorology at Leyden University.Fact 7
He became acquainted with problems related to the molecular theory of matter from 1881 to 1882. He became a professor in 1882 at the age of twenty-nine and held this position for forty-two years.Fact 8
The results of his investigations were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Amsterdam and in the Communications from the Physical Laboratory at Leyden.Fact 9
He received the Nobel Prize in Physics for producing liquid helium in 1913.Fact 10
He died at Leyden on Feb 21, 1936. Go to more people facts ❯
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