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Dirk ter Haar (Oosterwolde, 19 April 1919 – Drachten, 3 September 2002) was an Anglo-Dutch physicist.
Dirk ter Haar (Dr., B.Sc., M.Sc., MA, D.Sc., FRSE) studied physics at Leiden University, in 1946 was a research fellow of Niels Bohr in Copenhagen at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (now the Niels Bohr Institute), and received his Ph.D. in Leiden in 1948 from Hendrik Kramers for a dissertation on the origin of the solar system. From 1947 to 1950 he was a visiting associate professor of physics at Purdue University. In 1950 he became professor of physics at the University of St. Andrews thereby emigrating to England, where he later became a British citizen. He became a Fellow of Magdalen College and reader in theoretical physics at the University of Oxford.
In 1966 Ter Haar became a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Many prominent scientists studied under ter Haar, including Anthony Leggett, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003 and Deng Jiaxian, one of the leading scientists and founders of Chinese nuclear weapons programs.
He wrote numerous books on physics, such as Elements of Statistical Mechanics (1954). In addition, he wrote a book on Kramers and was a founding editor for Physics Letters (1962) (later Physics Letters A) and Physics Reports (1971). In 1984 the book Essays in Theoretical Physics in honour of Dirk ter Haar was published in honour of his work in statistical physics and quantum mechanics.
Dirk also was able to read Russian, and played a prominent role in disseminating the works of Soviet physicists such as Landau and Kapitsa to the western world. He also translated the classic monograph Quantum Mechanics by Alexander Davydov into English.
In 1949 Dirk ter Haar married Christine Janet Lound and together they had two sons and a daughter. His daughter, Gail ter Haar, became a reader in physics as well, specializing in therapeutic ultrasound.
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