Nicolaas Bom was born in Velsen, North Holland back in 1937. I don’t have any information about his parents or early childhood. He attended Delft University of Technology where he studied electrical engineering. After graduation he joined the Royal Netherlands Navy where he did sonar research in Italy for six years.
After being discharged, in 1968, he started working at the cardiology department of the Erasmus MC engaging in diagnostic echo research. He continued his education and in 1972 received his PhD. He served for ten years as (co)-director of the Dutch Heart Institute, he retired in 2003, to my knowledge he is alive and doing well.
What you may not know about Nicolaas is that he created a machine that was able to produce a full-view cross-section of a working heart. He is also responsible for the development of a portable ultrasound machine in 1976.
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