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Sam Goudsmit and the hunt for Hitler’s atomic bomb – lunch lecture by science journalist Martijn van Calmthout (Lecture)

Wednesday 8 February 2017Add to my calendar
12:30 to
Martijn van Calmthout (science journalist Volkskrant)

Goudsmit-9181Not everybody is aware that the pond behind the Huygens building houses a special laboratory. Underneath the elegant, lotus leaf-shaped copper roof, scientists conduct research based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The pavilion is named after Samuel Goudsmit, a Dutch-American physicist from Jewish descent (1902 – 1987). Together with Uhlenbeck, he was the first to describe the spin phenomenon on which NMR - which is also used in MRI scanners - is based.

Science journalist Martijn van Calmthout (Volkskrant) dove into the recently released archives of scientist Sam Goudsmit and wrote a biography that reads like an exciting adventure story. At the end of World War II, Goudsmit tailed the allies in their search for Hitler’s atomic bomb. The Americans were convinced that the Nazis were working on an atomic bomb that would enable them to win the war. The physicists were tasked with preventing this from happening.

On February 8, Martijn will tell the life story of the Nijmegen NMR lab’s name-giver. Subsequently, scientists from the NMR lab will give tours of the pavilion, where advanced NMR techniques are used for research on the structure of materials. What makes the Nijmegen NMR lab special is its combination of NMR research on biomaterials, solid-state NMR and method development. The researchers collaborate with industry in the TI-COAST consortium.

There will be tours of the NMR lab between 13:30 – 14:30 and between 15:30 – 16:30. Register for one of the tours by sending an email to M.deWith@nmr.ru.nl with the time of your preference.