Minze Stuiver, Professor Emeritus of the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington where he founded the Quaternary Isotope Laboratory (QIL), passed away on December 26, 2020. Minze was born at the beginning of the Depression on October 25, 1929, in Vlagtwedde, the Netherlands, where he grew up in a rudimentary home with his five family members, a single cold water faucet and stove in the kitchen, a stove in the living room for heating, and a weekly bath with a bucket of water warmed up by the living room stove. His life and high school education (1942–1945) were greatly disrupted by German occupation during WWII, including nearly being conscripted into German forced labor near the end of the War.

Minze started his undergraduate life at the University of Groningen in 1947, studying physics, mathematics, and astronomy. After graduation in 1950,...

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