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Dirk Polder (23 August 1919 – 18 March 2001) was a Dutch physicist who, together with Hendrik Casimir, first predicted the existence of what today is known as the Casimir-Polder force,[1] sometimes also referred to as the Casimir effect or Casimir force. He also worked on the similar topic of radiative heat transfer at nanoscale.

Dirk Polder
Dirk Polder
Born(1919-08-23)23 August 1919
The Hague, Netherlands
Died18 March 2001(2001-03-18) (aged 81)
Alma materUniversity of Leiden
Known forCasimir-Polder effect
Scientific career
InstitutionsPhilips Research Laboratories
Delft University of Technology
Doctoral advisorJ. A. A. Ketelaar, W. J. de Haas, H. B. G. Casimir

In 1978 Polder became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2]


  1. ^ H. B. G. Casimir, and D. Polder, The Influence of Retardation on the London-van der Waals Forces, Physical Review, Vol. 73, Issue 4, pp. 360-372 (1948). [1]
  2. ^ "Dirk Polder (1919 - 2001)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 30 July 2015.


  • Q. H. F. Vrehen, Dirk Polder, Levensberichten en herdenkingen (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, 2002), pp. 57–63. ISBN 90-6984-343-9 [2]