Gerardus 't Hooft

By: Meredith Herrera 1st Period

Date and Place of Birth and Death

Gerardus 't Hooft was born on July 5th, 1946 in Den Helder, Netherlands. But he grew up in the Hague; the seat of the government in the Netherlands.

He is 68 years old.

Degree Earned

He earned a PhD degree in Physics at the University of Utrecht.

Major Contributions to Physics

He is a dutch theoretical physicist/professor at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. In 1999 he shared his Nobel prize in physics with his thesis advisor Martinus J.G. Veltman; his old physics professor. Hooft is also know for the Quantum Field Theory. (Electroweak theory)

More about Gerardus 't Hooft

When his school teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up, he simply relied "a man who knows everything." In 1953 his grand-uncle, Frits Zernike had earned his Nobel Prize for work that had led him to the invention of the phase contrast microscope. Hooft graduated fromUtrecht University in 1972. The in 1999 Gerardus 't Hooft and Martinus J.G. Veltman won the Nobel Prize in Physics for "elucidating the Quantum structure of electroweak interaction in physics." They have shown how the theory may be used to precise calculations of physical quantities.