Herch Moysés Nussenzveig

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Herch Moysés Nussenzveig (born January 16, 1933, São Paulo)[1] is a Brazilian physicist, professor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He authored several textbooks, notably the collection Curso de Física Básica (Course of Basic Physics), winner of the Prêmio Jabuti in 1999 on the category Ciências Exatas, Tecnologia e Informática (Exact Sciences, Technology and Informatics).[2] He was president of the Brazilian Society of Physics from 1981 to 1983.[3]

He is known, among other things, for explaining effects such as the glory, an optical phenomenon.

In 1986, he was the recipient of the Max Born Award. The prize citation reads: "For distinguished and valuable contributions to the theory of Mie scattering and to the theories of the rainbow and the glory."[4]

His two brothers, wife, and three children are all scientists or physicians; one of his children is the mathematician Helena J. Nussenzveig Lopes.[5]


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150328221314/http://abc.org.br/resultado.php3?codigo=nusse
  2. ^ "Edições Anteriores - Prêmio 1999". Câmara Brasileira do Livro. Archived from the original on 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  3. ^ "Diretorias Anteriores da Sociedade Brasileira de Física". Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  4. ^ OSA: The Optical Society – Max Born Award
  5. ^ Zorzetto, Ricardo (July 2010), "Herch Moysés Nussenzveig: Além do arco-íris" [Herch Moysés Nussenzveig: Over the rainbow], Revista Pesquisa, São Paulo Research Foundation

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Preceded by
Mario Schenberg
President of the Brazilian Society of Physics
1981 - 1983
Succeeded by
Fernando de Souza Barros