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Frits Zernike: his life and achievements
Author(s): Hedzer A. Ferwerda
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Frits Zernike, Professor of Mathematical and Technical Physics, and Theoretical Mechanics at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, was a most versatile and gifted scientist. His abilities had an extraordinary breadth: he was a personification of the rare combination of a gifted experimental physicist, a skilled mathematician and an extremely good technician. He worked on many different subjects in the field of statistical mechanics or mathematical statistics, theoretical physics, and physical optics. His correlation functions, van Cittert-Zernike's theorem, Zernike's polynomials, achievements in the theoiy of coherence, and contributions to the correction of lens aberrations are still well known. However, the most fameous his achievement is the phase contrast microscope awarded Nobel's Prize in 1953.

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Date Published: 3 May 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1846, Phase Contrast and Differential Interference Contrast Imaging Techniques and Applications, (3 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.171862
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Hedzer A. Ferwerda, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1846:
Phase Contrast and Differential Interference Contrast Imaging Techniques and Applications
Maksymilian Pluta; Mariusz Szyjer, Editor(s)

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