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Best Of 2008

(January 1st - December 30th, 2008)

John Houghton

Ely Cathedral

Don Hofstee

Academic Building Groningen

Groningen, Netherlands

October 14, 2008, 19:05 CET

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© 2008 Don Hofstee, All Rights Reserved.

Groningen is a University city. In fact it is after Amsterdam and Utrecht the third University city in the Netherlands.

About this panorama...well what can I say, the sky was beautiful and all the lights were on in the buildings. It shows how nice a place Groningen is to be.

To read more click the link to the RUG site (at the bottom of the page).

Here is a short piece from the site:

Aletta Jacobs, the first-ever female University student in The Netherlands, studied in Groningen.

Fire in the Academic Building, 1906. A fire in the second Academic Building, in 1906, caused a great deal of damage. The priceless Natural History collection went up in smoke. Some good fortune led to the rescue of some archives, a student banner from 1665 and portraits of professors.

The third, and current, Academic Building was rapidly designed, after the fire, by state architect J.A. Vrijman. The building was opened in the jubilee year of 1909, in the presence of the Queen Mother Emma and His Royal Highness Prince Hendrik. The continued successes in the increasing numbers of enrolled students, research and a growing number of labs and institutes created a jubilant atmosphere in which to celebrate the 300th birthday of the University in 1914. 68 honorary doctorates were awarded, Queen Wilhelmina was one recipient. The growth of the University continued and the 1,000th student enrolled in 1924.

Nobel medal Frits Zernike, 1953. The University gained international fame in 1953 when Prof. Frits Zernike received the Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of the phase-contrast microscope. The improvement this microscope made was very important in the field of biological and medical research.

Expansion of the city after World War II meant that the University was being squeezed but city planning provided the room for new buildings for it. The Harmonie complex and a new library were built close to the Academic Building; the botanical garden made way for a new complex for Alpha sciences; the Academic Hospital was renovated and expanded; a new complex for Beta sciences was built in Paddepoel and a Biology Centre was created in Haren.

Nikon D300 Nikkor 10.5mm

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