Arend Joan Rutgers
1903 – 1998
Who was Arend Joan Rutgers?
Arend Joan Rutgers went to high school in Almelo, after which he studied chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. After he obtained his master's degree in 1926 he went to Leiden, where he studied theoretical physics under Paul Ehrenfest. In 1930 he obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Leiden on a thesis entitled "Bijdrage tot de theorie der thermoelectriciteit in kristallen.". In 1931 he returned to Amsterdam as an assistant.
In 1933 he became a lecturer at Ghent University in Belgium. In 1938 he was promoted to full professor, and he remained in Ghent until his retirement in 1974. Most of his scientific research was on colloids and surface chemistry, focussing on electrokinetics.
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