Martinus Veltman starts building up particle physics at the University of Utrecht and becomes editor of Physics Letters. In 1969, the 22-year-old Gerardus 't Hooft joins Martinus Veltman with whom he develops the non-abelian gauge theory of electro-weak interaction.
After military service Martinus Veltman continues his doctoral studies at University of Utrecht. Also having courses in Naples and Edinburgh he obtains his doctoral degree in 1963.
Placing particle physics theory on a steadier mathematical foundation, especially "for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interaction in physics", Martinus Veltman and Gerardus 't Hooft are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1999.
As the fourth of six children Martinus Justinus Godefriedus Veltman is born to his parents on June 27, 1931 in the Dutch town Waalwijk.
Spending a sabbatical year at the University of Michigan, Martinus Veltman and his family decide to stay in the U.S. where he is offered the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur chair and becomes Professor of Physics.
After graduation, Martinus Veltman is drafted for military service. He serves till February 1959.
After high school Martinus Veltman starts studying mathematics and physics at Utrecht University and gains his bachelor's degree in 1953. Reading a book on Einstein's theory of relativity at the end of his studies, Martinus Veltman is inspired for his later career.
Martinus Veltman returns to CERN and there he works until 1966.
Martinus Veltman weds Anneke with whom he has a daughter and two sons.
At the European High Energy laboratory CERN Martinus Veltman finishes the second party of his doctoral thesis that focuses on unstable particles and Coulomb corrections for vector boson production by neutrinos.
Martinus Veltman finishes his graduate studies in 1956 at Utrecht University. In 1955 he becomes an assistant to Prof. Michels of the Van der Waals laboratory in Amsterdam.
Continuing working on calculation for the neutrino experiment at CERN, Martinus Veltman writes Schoonchip, a computer program that does the necessary algebra for the vector boson. This is one of the very first computer algebra systems.
Three years after the end of World War II, Martinus Veltman graduates from high school.