A UCSB physics professor scored an über prestigious award and a $3.4 million check this week. Dirk Bouwmeester, who divides his time between Santa Barbara and South Holland, is one of four recipients of this year’s Spinoza Prize from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. In September, he’s headed for The Hague to accept his prize. Immersed in the tiny world of quantum physics, his work has led to numerous breakthroughs in physics, according to UCSB’s The Current.


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