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Wouter, Bergmann Tiest.
Dr. Bergmann Tiest was educated in experimental physics and astronomy at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and worked at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research. After receiving his PhD for the work described in this volume, he joined the Physics of Man group to work on human haptic perception.