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Piet Hein
Bust of Piet Hein (December 16, 1905 - April 17, 1996) was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short poems, gruks (or grooks), first started to appear in the daily newspaper "Politiken" shortly after the Nazi Occupation in April 1940 under the pseudonym Kumbel Kumbell. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Copenhagen (later to become the Niels Bohr Institute), and Technical University of Denmark. Yale awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1972. He died in his home on Funen, Denmark in 1996. He was a direct descendant of Piet Pieterszoon Hein, the Dutch naval hero of the 17th century.

prayer (to the sun above the clouds)
Sun that givest all things birth
Shine on everything on earth!

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