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dhr. prof. dr. A.J. (Anne) Kox

Geschiedenis van de natuurkunde in het algemeen en de geschiedenis van de natuurkunde in Nederland in de periode 1870 - 1940 in het bijzonder (bijzondere leerstoel vanwege de Stichting Pieter Zeemanfonds)
  • Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
  • Bezoekadres
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  94485
    1090 GL  Amsterdam

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Instituut voor Theoretische Fysica


Science Park 904


Postbus 94485, 1090 GL Amsterdam  

Although I am a a theoretical physicist by training, I have occupied myself full-time with history of science for many years, as a regular member of the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Amsterdam. My main interest is the history of physics in the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. In the past I have worked, among other things, on the history of special and general relativity and the history of quantum theory. 

My present research has two points of focus. The first one is  the history of Dutch physics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in general. But I am in particular interested in the work of the Dutch physicist Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853-1928, Nobel Prize for Physics 1902, together with Pieter Zeeman). I am writing his biography and editing his scientific correspondence, the first volume of which has appeared in the fall of 2008. A second (and final) volume is in preparation.

The second topic is the work  of Albert Einstein. Since as long ago as 1985 I have been connected with the Einstein Papers Project in various editorial capacities, first in Boston (at Boston University) and since 2000 in Pasadena, at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Right now I am a Senior Editor at the Einstein Papers, as well as a Visiting Associate in History at the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences of Caltech. These positions  require my presence at Caltech for part of the year. (See the link below for more on the Einstein Papers Project.)

From 1998 on I held the Pieter Zeeman Chair of History of Physics, which made me the first professor of history of physics at the University of Amsterdam ever. I was also a member of the History Department of the Faculty of Humanities at this university. In July 2013 I became Professor Emeritus and on 12 September I delivered my farewell lecture in the Aula of the University. I was presented with a wonderful Festschrift, with contributions by colleagues from various countries. (See the link below for more details.) Being emeritus, however, does not mean that my research has come to a halt: I continue working on my Lorentz projects and remain Senior Editor at the Einstein Project. I am also affiliated with the Institute of Physics at the University of Amsterdam.

In 2000 I received the rare honor of being elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The citation reads: "For his original contributions to the history of physics, especially in the Netherlands, and for his extraordinary contributions to the edition of Albert Einstein's papers."

In 2012 I was elected "Membre Correspondant" of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences (AIHS), in recognition of my contributions to the history of physics. 

On 25 April 2014 I was honored with the Royal Decoration "Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau," in recognition of my efforts to promote the history of science, both nationally (in particular at the University of Amsterdam), and internationally. 

The (automatically generated)  information on my publications on this site is incomplete and misleading.  See below for a downloadable more complete list. 


  • Kox, A. J. (2013). Hendrik Antoon Lorentz’s struggle with quantum theory. Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 67(2), 149-170. DOI: 10.1007/s00407-012-0107-8 [details] [PDF]
  • Kox, A. J. (2013). The debate between Hendrik A. Lorentz and Schrödinger on wave mechanics. In W. L. Reiter, & J. Yngvason (Eds.), Erwin Schrödinger: 50 years after. (pp. 153-162). Zürich: European Mathematical Society. DOI: 10.4171/121-1/8 [details]
  • Kox, A. (2013). The discovery of the Stark effect and its early theoretical explanations. Annalen der Physik, 525(5), A63-A66. DOI: 10.1002/andp.201300725 [details]


  • Kox, A. J. (2012). De Nederlandse natuurkunde rond 1900. In J. Guichelaar, G. Huitema, & H. de Jong (Eds.), Zekerheden in waarnemingen: natuurwetenschappelijke ontwikkelingen in Nederland rond 1900. (pp. 11-24). (Obe Postma rige; No. 9). Hilversum: Verloren. [details]
  • Kormos Buchwald, D., Illy, J., Rosenkranz, Z., Sauer, T., van Dongen, J., Kennefick, D., ... Unna, I. (2012). The collected papers of Albert Einstein. - Vol. 13: The Berlin Years: Writings and Correspondence, January 1922 - March 1923. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [details]


  • Kox, A. J. (2011). Hendrik Antoon Lorentz. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde, 77, 441-443. [details] [PDF]
  • Kox, A. J. (2011). Pieter Zeeman. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde, 77, 414-416. [details] [PDF]
  • Janssen, M., & Kox, A. J. (2011). Lorentz als wegbereider voor de speciale relativiteitstheorie. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde, 77, 344-347. [details] [PDF]


  • Kox, A. J. (2010). Hendrik Antoon Lorentz en Paul Ehrenfest: twee tegenpolen in gesprek. Publicaties van de Stichting Vrienden van het Noord-Hollands Archief, 1, 41-54. [details] [PDF]
  • Kox, A. J. (2010). Hendrik Antoon Lorentz en Paul Ehrenfest: twee tegenpolen in gesprek. Publicaties van de Stichting Vrienden van het Noord-Hollands Archief, 1, 41-54. [details] [PDF]


  • Kox, A. J. (2008). Casimir, Hendrik Brugt Gerhard. In N. Koertge (Ed.), New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. (Vol. 2, pp. 64-67). Detroit: Scribner. [details]
  • Kox, A. J. (2008). Kasimier, Hendrik Brugt Gerhard (1909-2000). In J. Charité (Ed.), Biografisch woordenboek van Nederland. - Dl. 6. (pp. 242-244). (Rijks geschiedkundige publicatiën). 's-Gravenhage: Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis. [details] [PDF]
  • Janssen, M., & Kox, A. J. (2008). Lorentz, Hendrik Antoon. In N. Koertge (Ed.), New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. (Vol. 4, pp. 333-336). (Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography; No. 22). Detroit: Scribner. [details]


  • Huijnen, P., & Kox, A. J. (2007). Paul Ehrenfest's rough road to Leiden: a physicist's search for a position, 1904-1912. Physics in Perspective, 9(2), 186-211. DOI: 10.1007/s00016-006-0287-1 [details]
  • Kox, A. J. (2007). Uit de hand gelopen onderzoek in opdracht: H.A. Lorentz’ werk in de Zuiderzeecommissie. In L. J. Dorsman, & P. J. Knegtmans (Eds.), Onderzoek in opdracht. De publieke functie van het universitaire onderzoek in Nederland sedert 1876. (pp. 39-52). Hilversum: Verloren. [details]


  • Kox, A. J. (2006). Confusion and Clarification: Albert Einstein and Walther Nernst's Heat Theorem, 1911-1916. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 37, 101-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2005.10.001 [details]


  • Kox, A. (2009). Martin Klein: 1924-2009. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde, 75(7), 276. [details]
  • Kox, A. (2009). Relativistic sources [Review of: J. Renn (2007) The genesis of general relativity]. Metascience, 18(1), 147-149. DOI: 10.1007/s11016-009-9246-1 [details] [PDF]
  • van Dongen, J., Dieks, D., Uffink, J., & Kox, A. J. (2009). On the history of the quantum: Introduction to the HQ2 special issue. Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 40(4), 277-279. DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2009.11.002 [details]


  • Kox, A. J. (2008). The scientific correspondence of H. A. Lorentz: Volume I. (Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences). New York: Springer. [details]
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