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The Nobel Prize in Physics 1999
Gerardus 't Hooft, Martinus J.G. Veltman

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Martinus J.G. Veltman - Facts

Martinus J.G. Veltman

Martinus J.G. Veltman

Born: 27 June 1931, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

Prize motivation: "for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions in physics"

Field: particle physics

Prize share: 1/2

Work

According to modern physics, four fundamental forces exist in nature. Electromagnetic interaction is one of these. The weak interaction - responsible, for example, for the beta decay of nuclei - is another. In the 1960s, a unified theory was formulated for these two forces: the electroweak interaction. However, certain problems still remained to be solved. In the early 1970s, Martinus Veltman and Gerardus t'Hooft formulated and tested a mathematical theory that further explained the electroweak interaction.

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