Cees Braams, founding father of the Dutch research on nuclear fusion, suddenly passed away on July 29, 2003. He was born in 1925 and studied physics and mathematics at the Utrecht University (The Netherlands), where he received his doctorate in 1952. In 1965 he received his PhD with first class honors. From the foundation of the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics in Nieuwegein (The Netherlands) in 1956 to his retirement in 1987 he was the director of the institute. He was appointed professor in plasma physics at the Utrecht University, which he remained till 1987. His enthusiasm, his vision and his keen insights in scientific questions have formed an important and lasting contribution to the prosperous development of nuclear fusion research, both in the Netherlands, and abroad.

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