Mini-symposium devoted to Hendrik Antoon Lorentz to mark the reunveiling of the Lorentz monument in Arnhem. You are very welcome to attend the symposium and the reunveiling.


12.05.2017 14:00 - 17:30 uur

Stadvilla Sonsbeek, Tellegenlaan 3, 6814 BT Arnhem (navigatie adres: Apeldoornseweg 75, Arnhem)


Symbol of international cooperation

Three major figures from the world of physics will speak about current developments in the field and about the work of Lorentz. Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853-1928) received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1902 – together with Pieter Zeeman – and he was one of the Netherlands’ most important physicists. Lorentz laid the ground for the electron theory and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Einstein called Lorentz ‘a living work of art’.

Update Monument

In 1931, the Lorentz monument was unveiled by Princess Juliana. In 2008, artist Hans van Houwelingen had 142 additional names carved in the monument. These are names of physicists who have furthered the ideas and discoveries of Lorentz. The monument was recently restored and it will be reunveiled on 12 May.


  • Wim van Saarloos, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Leiden and vice president of the Academy – Welcome
  • Sir Michael Berry, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Bristol University – From Lorentz to mass entertainment: a meditation on physics and technology
  • Ana Achúcarro, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Leiden – A century of cosmology, a century of surprises
  • Frits Berends, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Leiden – How Lorentz developed into a national celebrity, honoured with a monument
  • Hans van Houwelingen, visual artist – The update of the Lorentz monument
  • Gerrie Elfrink, Executive Councillor for Culture in the Municipality of Arnhem
  • Anna Tilroe, artistic director of 11Fountains, Leeuwarden European Cultural Capital 2018 and artistic director of the Sonsbeek 10, 2008 exhibition.

The lectures by Michael Berry and Ana Achúcarro will be in English, the other lectures and the reunveiling ceremony will be in Dutch.

The reunveiling of the Lorentz Monument is a cooperation with ArtEZ Institute of the Arts with in particular a production of Melanie Chrissy Bos, artist, performer.


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You are very welcome to attend this event. Participation is free of charge but registration is required. You can register using the registration form on the Akademie van Kunsten (Society of Arts) website.

For more information, please contact Annelies ten Have,, +31 (0)20 551 0746.


Lead photo credit I Harsten - From the October 1927 Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and Photons. The photo is coloured by Sanna Dullaway.