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Prof. Gerard't Hooft – A winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics, pays a working visit to VNU
On July 31, 2017, at Nguyễn Văn Đạo hall – Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Prof. Gerard't Hooft from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), a winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics, had a talk with students and lecturers from VNU and other Hanoi-based universities.

This event was co-organised by VNU, the Vietnamese Students’ Association Central Committee and the Meeting Vietnam Science Association.

VNU Vice President Nguyễn Hữu Đức attended the event and delivered a speech.

With the theme "The role of black holes in our understanding of the physical world," Prof. Gerard't Hooft took young people to new research in science and knowledge of black holes. He explained the formation and nature of black holes as well as introduced new knowledge of space, time and matter.

This presentation is one of the topics that the professor’s research focuses on, including measurement theory, black holes, quantum gravity, and fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics.

Students and scientists participating in the event had a talk with Prof. Gerard't Hooft for a better understanding of astrophysics.

Sending his deep thanks to Prof. Gerard't Hooft, VNU Vice President Nguyễn Hữu Đức said that the lecture was a scientific exchange that not only contributed to expanding scientists and students’ knowledge and vision but also inspiring their scientific ambition as well as motivating scientists and students of VNU in particular and Vietnam in general to continue to study, train and strive to become excellent scientists in the future.

Speaking at the presentation, Mr. Nguyễn Minh Triết – Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese Students’ Association Central Committee, said that the event was highly significant for students who were passionate about science, especially, in physics, astronomy and space.

According to Mr. Nguyễn Minh Triết, the Vietnamese Students’ Association Central Committee, the Meeting Vietnam Science Association and VNU would continue to be a bridge between students and scientists; create an environment for students to approach the multi-faceted science world with numerous research fields awaiting discoveries.

Prof. Gerard’t Hooft’s brief biography:

- Prof. Gerard't Hooft, a Dutch theoretical physicist and professor at Utrecht University (the Netherlands), was born on July 5, 1946.

- In 1999: Prof. Gerard't Hooft shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with his thesis advisor Martinus J. G. Veltman for "Elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions".

Besides the Nobel Prize, he has been awarded numerous significant prizes, notably:

- In 1981: The Wolf Prize in Physics for the outstanding contributions to theoretical physics;

- In 1986: The Lorentz Medal, given every four years to recognize the most important contributions in physical theory;

- In 1995: The Spinozapremie, the highest award available to scientists in the Netherlands; and the Franklin Medal.

 Sinh Vũ– Bui Tuan (photos) - VNU Media
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