It was this work that brought him the Nobel Prize and also led Sir James Dewar of England and Heike Kamerlingh Onnes of The Netherlands to the determination of the necessary data for the liquefaction of hydrogen and helium.
Van der Waals was appointed professor of physics at the University
of Amsterdam in 1877, a post he retained until 1907. The van der Waals
forces, weak attractive forces between atoms or molecules, were named
in his honour.
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