Interview with Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen by freelance journalist Marika Griehsel at the 54th meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 2004.
Professor Bloembergen talks about his childhood and the challenge of studying physics, the hardships for the family during the war years (1:48), the move to America and Harvard University (4:22), the most important applications of laser (7:07), his thoughts about the use of laser in military industry (13:41), the joy of creating an international community in the lab (18:40), and the importance of communicating with young students and involving the public in science (21:00).
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