Famous Danish Physicists

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Niels Bohr
(Physicist)

Niels Bohr
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Birthdate: October 7, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 18, 1962
Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr is remembered for his work on the atomic structure and quantum theory. He laid down the Bohr model of the atom and established the Niels Bohr Institute. The element Bohrium has been named after him. He was also part of the British nuclear project.

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Hans Christian Ørsted
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Birthdate: August 14, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rudkøbing
Died: March 9, 1851

Hans Christian Ørsted was a Danish chemist and physicist. He was the first person to discover that electric currents can be used to create magnetic fields. His discovery was the first relationship found between magnetism and electricity. Oersted, the unit of the auxiliary magnetic field H, is named in his honor.

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Aage Bohr
(Physicist)

Aage Bohr
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Birthdate: June 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: September 8, 2009

Nobel Prize-winning Danish nuclear physicist Aage Bohr is best remembered for his work related to the geometry of atomic nuclei. Son of Nobel laureate physicist Niels Bohr, Aage had started his career as an assistant to his father and working on the development of the atomic bomb.

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Lene Hau
(Physicist)

Lene Hau
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Birthdate: November 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark

Lene Hau is a Danish physicist and educator currently serving as the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. She has done major research into novel interactions between ultracold atoms and nanoscopic-scale systems. She also often speaks at international conferences. She is a recipient of the George Ledlie Prize and the Richtmyer Memorial Award. 

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Ben Roy Mottelson
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Birthdate: July 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Rasmus Bartholin
(Physician)

Rasmus Bartholin
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Birthdate: August 13, 1625
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roskilde, Denmark
Died: November 4, 1698

Rasmus Bartholin was a Danish grammarian and physician. He is best remembered for his discovery of the double refraction of a ray of light by Iceland spar. Rasmus Bartholin is also remembered for his association with the University of Copenhagen where he served as a professor of Geometry and Medicine. 

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Bengt Strömgren
(Astronomer)

Bengt Strömgren
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Birthdate: January 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: July 4, 1987
Bengt Strömgren was a Danish astrophysicist and astronomer best remembered for pioneering photoelectric photometry and developing what is now called the Strömgren photometric system. His immense contributions to astrophysics were honored with the prestigious Bruce Medal in 1959. In 1967, the French Academy of Sciences awarded him the Janssen Medal.
 
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