Van der Waals was born in Amsterdam on May 2, 1920. He traveled to London after graduating high school in Amsterdam to work as an intern-apprentice in a laboratory.
When he returned to the Netherlands, he enrolled in a combined physics, chemistry, and mathematics program at the University of Amsterdam. When the Germans invaded the Netherlands in May 1940, Van der Waals was drafted into the mounted artillery.
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Joan Henri van der Waals was a Dutch scientist who was born on May 2, 1920 and died on June 23, 2022, at the age of 102. From 1967 to 1989, he was a professor of experimental physics at Leiden University. He was an expert on molecular physics and clathrate hydrates.
In 1950, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Groningen for a thesis titled “Thermodynamic characteristics of mixes of alkanes varied in the chain length.”