Hendrik Lorentz Biography
(Dutch Physicist and Winner of the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Birthday: July 18, 1853 (Cancer)
Born In: Arnhem, Netherlands
Hendrik Lorentz was a Dutch scientist who is known for his landmark discoveries in the field of physics; his discoveries formed the backbone of plenty of future research in varied branches of physics. Lorentz’s most important theories include the one related to the electromagnetic element in the propagation of light as well as his theoretical explanation of the Zeeman Effect as discovered by his fellow Dutch scientist Pieter Zeeman. Lorentz shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for his work on the Zeeman Effect and also went on to win plenty of other prizes in the field of science. Lorentz worked at his alma mater the University of Leiden for the duration of his academic career and in spite of offers from many other universities he did not go to teach at other universities. Lorentz’s career wasn’t merely spent in the quest for new discoveries in physics; he also tried to do his bit for the society and after the First World War he tried to use the expertise of scientists in order to find solutions to day to day problems of people. Lorentz would also be remembered as the scientist whose work was used by Albert Einstein in order to formulate his famous Theory of Relativity.