Carlo Beenakker at Leiden University in April 2007
June 9, 1960 |
Early life and education
Born in Leiden, Beenakker graduated from Leiden University in 1982 and obtained his doctorate two years later.
After the awarding of his doctorate, he then spent one year working in the United States of America as a fellow of the Niels Stensen Foundation before returning to the Netherlands as a member of the scientific staff of the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. He was made External Professor of Theoretical Physics at Leiden in 1991.
His work in mesoscopic physics addresses fundamental physical problems that occur when a macroscopic object is miniaturized.
In 1993, he shared the Royal/Shell prize for "the discovery and explanation of quantum effects in the electrical conduction in mesoscopic systems". He was elected a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities in 2001, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He was awarded one of the Netherlands' most prestigious science awards, the Spinozapremie, in 1999. In 2006 he was honored with the Akzo Nobel Science Award "for his pioneering work in the field of nanoscience".
In a 1997 study by the Institute for Scientific Information, Beenakker rated in the top 300 most cited physicists of the previous 16 years.
- Lorentz & the Solvay conferences, Instituut-Lorentz, Leiden University
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