Dirk Polder

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Dirk Polder
Dirk Polder
Born(1919-08-23)August 23, 1919
DiedMarch 18, 2001(2001-03-18) (aged 81)
Alma materUniversity of Leiden
Known forCasimir-Polder effect
Scientific career
InstitutionsPhilips Research Laboratories
Delft University of Technology
Doctoral advisorJ. A. A. Ketelaar, W. J. de Haas, H. B. G. Casimir

Dirk Polder (August 23, 1919 – March 18, 2001) was a Dutch physicist who, together with Hendrik Casimir, first predicted the existence of what today is known as the Casimir-Polder force,[1] sometimes also referred to as the Casimir effect or Casimir force. He also worked on the similar topic of radiative heat transfer at nanoscale.

In 1978 Polder became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2]


  1. ^ H. B. G. Casimir, and D. Polder, The Influence of Retardation on the London-van der Waals Forces, Physical Review, Vol. 73, Issue 4, pp. 360-372 (1948). [1]
  2. ^ "Dirk Polder (1919 - 2001)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 30 July 2015.