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January 12, 2004 - January 16, 2004

Laser Technology in Peace and War

Prof. Nicolaas Bloembergen

Nobel Laureate for Physics, Tucson

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Nicolaas Bloembergen is a Professor for Physics who received the Nobel Prize for Physics for his contributions to the development of laser spectroscopy in 1981. He was born in the Netherlands in 1920, studied at the University of Utrecht and obtained the Phil.Drs. degree in 1943. After the 2nd World War he came to America and started to work at Harvard University in the field of nuclear and electron paramagnetic resonance, later in quantum electronics, microwave masers, non-linear optics - of which he is one of the founders - and lasers. This started a lifelong association with Harvard which continues to the present day. In 1948 Nicolaas Bloembergen returned briefly to Holland to receive the Ph.D. degree from the University of Leiden for his thesis on nuclear magnetic relaxation which became the classic Bloembergen, Pound and Purcell Paper (BPP) in the Physical Review of 1949. Prof. Bloembergen received various awards such as the Medal of Honor from IEEE in 1983 for the invention of the three-level maser, and he is a member of numerous professional societies. Until present he is Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and since 2001 Professor at the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona.

Monday, January 12, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Chulalongkorn University: 'Laser technology in peace and war'

Info and free tickets: Phone (02) 218 3331-5, Fax (02) 216 1299, E-mail

Tuesday, January 13, 2004:

19:30 Evening talk and dialogue at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (together with Prof. Ferid Murad, Nobel Laureate for Medicine, and Prof. Sir Joseph Rotblat, Nobel Peace Laureate)

Info and tickets: Phone (02) 652 0580-1, Fax (02) 652 0582, E-mail

Thursday, January 15, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Chiang Mai University: 'Science and global communication based on optical science and technology'

Info and free tickets: Phone (053) 943 661-5, 224 076 and 941 007, Fax (053) 219 252, 943 666 and 942 666, E-mail and

Friday, January 16, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Khon Kaen University: 'Lasers, principles and applications'

Info and free tickets: Phone/Fax (043) 202 425, E-mail