Leiden's Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize has been awarded to a number of scholars who were in one way or another attached to Leiden University. Lorentz, Kamerlingh Onnes and Einthoven were Leiden professors at the time of awarding the Prize.

The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious prize in science. This international award, founded by Alfred Nobel, has been awarded annually since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature, and for peace. In 1968, the Bank of Sweden instituted the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The Nobel Laureates are announced in October every year. They winners receive their awards (a monetary prize, a gold medal and a diploma) on 10 December, the anniversary of Nobel's death.

1901 - Van 't Hoff

Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852-1911)
Chemistry in 1901

Student at Leiden University (1871-1872)
Biography

1902 - Lorentz

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853-1928)
Physics in 1902

Student (1870-1873), PhD (1875) and professor at Leiden University (1878-1928)
Biography

1902 - Zeeman

Pieter Zeeman (1863-1943)
Physics in 1902

Student (1885-1890) and PhD (1893) at Leiden University
Biography

1910 - Van der Waals

Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837-1923)
Physics in 1910

Student (1862-1865) and PhD (1873) at Leiden University
Biography

1911 - Asser

Tobias Asser (1838-1913)
Peace in 1911

PhD at Leiden University (1860)
Biography

1913 - Kamerlingh Onnes

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853-1926)
Physics in 1913

Professor at Leiden University (1882-1926)
Biography

1921 - Einstein

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Physics in 1921

Professor extraordinary on behalf of the Leids Universiteits Fonds at Leiden University (1920-1946)
Biography

1924 - Einthoven

Willem Einthoven (1860-1927)
Physiology/Medicine in 1924

Professor at Leiden University (1886-1927)
Biography

1937 - Albert Szent-Györgyi

Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986)
Physiology/Medicine in 1937

Visiting researcher at Leiden University (1920-1922)
Biography

1938 - Fermi

Enrico Fermi (1901-1954)
Physics in 1938

Rockefeller fellowship at Leiden University (1924)
Biography

1954 - Van Heuven Goedhart

Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart (1901-1956)
Peace in 1955
 
Student at Leiden University (1920-1926)

1958 - Tamm

Igor Tamm (1895-1971)
Physics in 1958 

Visiting researcher at Leiden University (1928)
Biography

1969 - J. Tinbergen

Jan Tinbergen (1903-1994)
Economics in 1969

Student (1921-1925), PhD (1929) and professor (1973-1975) at Leiden University
Biography

1973 - N. Tinbergen

Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988)
Physiology/Medicine in 1973

Student (1925-1930), PhD (1932), lecturer (1933-1942 // 1944-1947), professor (1947-1949) at Leiden University
Biography

1975 - Koopmans

Tjalling Koopmans (1910-1985)
Economics in 1975

PhD at Leiden University (1936)
Biography

1981 - Bloembergen

Nicolaas Bloembergen (b. 1920)
Physics in 1981

PhD (1948) and Lorentz Professor (1973) at Leiden University
Biography

 
Last Modified: 24-12-2013