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Carolyne Van Vliet

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Citizenship  American
Alma mater  Vrije Universiteit

Name  Carolyne Vliet
Notable awards  Fulbright Program
Role  Physicist
Carolyne Van Vliet wwwphysicsmiamieduvanvlietvanvlietjpg
Institutions  University of Miami Vrije Universiteit Universite de Montreal University of Minnesota Florida International University
Other academic advisors  Hendrik Casimir Jan Blok
Doctoral students  Francois M. Klaassen Michel Charbonneau Panagiotis Vasilopoulos Ayivi G. K. Huisso Farid Benamira Yuping Chen Ronaldo S. Duran Andres J. Barrios
Known for  Generation-recombination noise Quantum transport Foundations of linear response theory
Books  Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Fields  Physicist, Electronic engineering

Education  VU University Amsterdam
Residence  United States of America
Doctoral advisor  Gerardus J. Sizoo

Carolyne Marina Van Vliet (1929 – 2016) was a Dutch-born American physicist notable for the theory of generation-recombination noise and for the theory of quantum transport in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, as well as for her many contributions to the foundations of Linear Response Theory. She was a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).



Van Vliet obtained a BS in physics and mathematics, in 1949, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Then from the same university Van Vliet obtained an MA in physics, in 1953, and a PhD in 1956 for a thesis entitled Current Fluctuations in Semiconductors and Photoconductors, under Gerardus J. Sizoo.

Personal life

As a teeneager Van Vliet lived for 5 years in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. The name change from "K. M. van Vliet" to "C. M. Van Vliet" occurred in 1982.


Van Vliet was first a Teaching Assistant (1949–1953) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, then a NV Philips Research Fellow (1953–1956) at the same university. This was followed by an appointment as a Fulbright Fellow, at the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota (1956–1957), rising to assistant professor there. During 1958-1960, Van Vliet was appointed as 'Conservator' in the Department of Physics at the Vrije Universiteit and then was appointed at the University of Minnesota (1960–1970) rising to professor. In 1969-1995, Van Vliet was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques of the Université de Montréal, then, during 1992-2000, became Professor at Florida International University in Miami. Her last position was as adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Miami.

Books by Van Vliet

  • K. M. van Vliet, Current Fluctuations in Semiconductors and Photoconductors, Ph.D. thesis, (copyrighted) Excelsior Press, The Hague, Netherlands, 1956.
  • K. M. van Vliet, Elektronica, Collegedictaat, 1958 (copyright VU).
  • K. M. van Vliet and J. R. Fassett " Fluctuations due to Electronic Transitions and Transport in Solids" in Fluctuation Phenomena in Solids (R.E. Burgess, Ed.), (copyright Academic Press) Academic Press, NY, 1965.
  • Carolyne M. Van Vliet, "Ninth International Conference on Noise in Physical Systems" (Ed.), (copyright WSPC) World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore 1987.
  • Carolyne M. Van Vliet, Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, (copyright Carolyne M. Van Vliet) World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore and New Jersey, 2008. ISBN 981-270-477-9 (Hardcover) and ISBN 981-270-478-7 (pbk).
  • References

    Carolyne Van Vliet Wikipedia

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