Van der Pol, Balthasar

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Van der Pol, Balthasar Gender: M
Balthazar van der Pol
born on 27 January 1889 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Utrecht, Netherlands, 52n06, 5e07
Timezone LMT m5e07 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 08°00' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 18°14 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 12°47'


Dutch physicist whose main interests were in radio wave propagation, theory of electrical circuits, and mathematical physics. The Van der Pol oscillator, one of the most widely used models of nonlinear self-oscillation, is named after him.

Van der Pol studied physics in Utrecht, and in 1920 he was awarded his doctorate (PhD). He studied experimental physics with John Ambrose Fleming and Sir J. J. Thomson in England. He joined Philips Research Labs in 1921, where he worked until his retirement in 1949.

He was awarded the Institute of Radio Engineers (now the IEEE) Medal of Honor in 1935. The asteroid 10443 van der Pol was named after him.

Van der Pol became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1949.

He died on 6 October 1959, aged 70, in Wassenaar.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate no. 238 from the online Utrecht archives: "des middags te vijf uur" (at five o'clock in the afternoon).


  • Vocation : Science : Physics