Oral history interview with Nico M. Nibbering

Oral history interview with Nico M. Nibbering

  • 2013-Jun-07 (First session)
  • 2013-Jun-08 (Second session)

Nico M. Nibbering was born in Zaandam, the Netherlands, one of eight children. When school resumed after World War II, Nibbering did well and tested into high school, where he chose the science and mathematics track and where his physics and chemistry teachers influenced him to attend college. He entered the University of Amsterdam and majored in chemistry under Thymen de Boer. Nibbering also obtained his master's and PhD degrees there and became head of the mass spectrometry department. He refined his interest in gas phase ion chemistry during a few months spent in Fred McLafferty's lab at Cornell University and became entranced with a Fourier transform (FT) instrument. Back at home he and James Dawson transformed a drift cell ion machine into an FT spectrometer in just a year. When he considered leaving for Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam established a research institute for him. Nibbering is retired, but his fascination with mass spectrometry continues undiminished. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is still editor of the Wiley-Interscience Series on Mass Spectrometry.

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Nibbering, N. M. M. (Nicolaas Martinus Maria), interviewed by Michael A. Grayson in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota on June 8, 2013. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0709. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/6969z1958.

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