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I'm very glad to announce that the world's fourth-oldest scientist/mathematician/engineer, Joan van der Waals, who I personally know(!*), has turned 102 today. I first noticed him almost 10 years ago, when I found out he was a (to me then shockingly) 92! Imagine I would have been told he'd be around 10 years later. 

*Ok, I had at least 3 conversations with him that lasted at least 10—15 minutes. You decide whether that counts :p


   
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(Btw, I've written some more about him, both on t1c, and in a short little Dutch article. What is the policy on this? I would like to add him as a separate topic in "Notable centenarians" or something, a title he most definitely warrants. Can we link to that site, can we copy texts? What's best for the independence of this forum in this case?)


   
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Sadly, Joan has died yesterday, aged 102:050. 

It was a hard blow for me. Even at his advanced age, I had expected him to be here next year.

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