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Bleeker, Caroline Emilie (1897–1985)

Bleeker, Caroline Emilie (1897–1985)

Dutch physicist. Name variations: Lili Bleeker. Born Jan 17, 1897, in Netherlands; died Nov 12, 1985; University of Utrecht, PhD, 1928; m. Adrian W.P. Keg.

Became assistant (1919) and head assistant (1926) in physics laboratory at Utrecht University; opened successful factory to produce scientific apparatus and later optical equipment; participated in Dutch resistance during WWII, which resulted in closing of her factory; awarded royal distinction for wartime activities; from its opening (1949), served as director of NED-OPTIFA factory in Zeist, the 1st factory to produce phase contrast microscope invented by Frits Zernike.

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