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Date:6/2/2008

onsiderable rhetorical talent not only makes him a highly popular speaker but also an inspiring and compelling lecturer. His current projects and plans give the Spinoza Committee every reason to have high expectations for the stimulation that the Spinoza Prize will bring to his work.

This jury report served as the basis for the speech given by Prof. Fred Mulder at the announcement ceremony for the NWO/Spinoza Prizes 2008 on 2 June 2008.

APPENDIX TO PRESS RELEASE NWO/SPINOZA PRIZES 2008

Jury report for Prof. Th.H.M. (Theo) Rasing
Professor of Experimental Physics at Radboud University Nijmegen

Professor Rasing receives the NWO/Spinoza Prize 2008 for his breakthroughs in the field of magneto-optics, in particular for his work on manipulating tiny magnets using light.

Theo Rasing (26 May 1953, Didam) obtained a cum laude degree in physics from the Radboud University Nijmegen in 1976, where he also gained his doctorate in 1982. After stays in Slovenia and the United States, he was appointed professor in Nijmegen in 1997. He is the founder and director of the Nijmegen Centre for Advanced Spectroscopy (NCAS), member of the board of NanoNed and founder of NanoLab Nijmegen that makes its expertise and infrastructure available to the commercial sector. In 2007 he received the Physica Prize from the Netherlands Physical Society. To date, his research has yielded more than 300 publications in renowned international journals, including Nature, Science and Physical Review Letters.

Theo Rasing is a leading pioneer in the development of new techniques for studying and manipulating materials at the nanometre scale with the use of light. He carries out groundbreaking fundamental research with an open eye for possible applications. For example, he has obtained two patents and has written many publications in cooperation with the commercial sector. Due to his outstanding reputation and organisational talent, he is a highl
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