Dirk Coster


Dutch physicist

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According to Wikipedia, Dirk Coster was a Dutch physicist. He was a professor of Physics and Meteorology at the University of Groningen. Coster was born in Amsterdam. On 26 February 1919 he married Lina Maria "Miep" Wijsman, who held a degree in Oriental languagess. Eventually, she was one of the first women to obtain a doctorate degree in this field from the University of Leiden. Dirk and Miep had two sons and two daughters . Coster is known as the co-discoverer of hafnium in 1923, along with George de Hevesy, by means of X-ray spectroscopic analysis of zirconium ore. The discovery took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Its name is derived from Hafnia, the Latin name for Copenhagen.

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