Famous Danish Scientists

Denmark is today recognized as a frontrunner in several areas of technology and research. The Danish have a long history of scientific and technological achievements. Hans Christian Ørsted, the physicist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, was a Dane whose discoveries shaped advances in science throughout the late 19th century. His protégé William Christopher Zeise became an early proponent of organic chemistry and performed pioneering studies in organosulfur chemistry, discovering the xanthates. Another Danish scientist who made revolutionary contributions to the development of technology was physicist Niels Bohr who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory. Inge Lehmann, a seismologist who discovered that the Earth has a solid inner core inside a molten outer core became the first woman to receive the William Bowie Medal. Danish scientists have made significant contributions to various scientific fields and the country has produced Nobel laureates such as Niels Ryberg Finsen, Jens Christian Skou, and Henrik Dam. Schack August Steenberg Krogh, a pioneer in comparative studies on animals, became famous for developing the Krogh Principle. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Danish scientists.

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 1 Niels Bohr

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Famous As: Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
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.

 2 Tycho Brahe

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 14, 1546
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knutstorp Castle, Sweden
Died: October 24, 1601
Danish astronomer and writer Tycho Brahe, an heir to a noble family, was one of the last greatest naked-eye astronomers. According to the Tychonic system of astronomy, the Sun orbited the Earth. His assistant Johannes Kepler used Tycho's astronomical data to form his laws of planetary motion.
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 3 Hans Christian Ørsted

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Famous As: Physicist
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.

 4 Bjarne Stroustrup

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: December 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aarhus
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 5 Hans Christian Gram

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Famous As: Physician, Bacteriologist, University teacher, Scientist
Birthdate: September 13, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen
Died: November 15, 1938

 6 David Heinemeier Hansson

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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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 7 Lene Hau

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
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 8 Aage Bohr

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: September 9, 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.

 9 Nicolas Steno

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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 11, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 25, 1686

 10 Piet Hein

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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: December 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 17, 1996

 11 Ole Rømer

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Famous As: Astronomer, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher, Judge, Patent inventor
Birthdate: September 25, 1644
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aarhus
Died: September 19, 1710

 12 Peter Naur

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Famous As: Danish astronomer
Birthdate: October 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frederiksberg
Died: January 3, 2016

 13 Inge Lehmann

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Famous As: Seismologist, Geophysicist
Birthdate: May 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Østerbro, Denmark
Died: February 21, 1993

Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann is remembered for her groundbreaking discovery of the Earth’s solid inner core and molten outer core, using seismic waves. While she initially studied math, she later deviated to seismology, with a focus on ascertaining earthquake epicenters. The William Bowie Medal-winning scientist died at age 104.

 14 Agner Krarup Erlang

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Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician
Birthdate: January 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: February 3, 1929

 15 Niels Ryberg Finsen

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 15, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Died: September 24, 1904

Niels Ryberg Finsen was a Danish-Faroese scientist and physician. Finsen's method to treat diseases, such as lupus vulgaris, using concentrated light radiation, earned him the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. Copenhagen University Hospital houses the famous Finsen Laboratory, which is named in his honor.

 16 Johan Christian Fabricius

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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1745
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tøndern, Denmark
Died: March 3, 1808

 17 Harald Bohr

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 22, 1951

 18 Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted

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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: February 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Varde, Denmark
Died: December 17, 1947

 19 Ben Roy Mottelson

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: July 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 20 Jens Peter Jacobsen

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 7, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thisted, Denmark
Died: April 30, 1885

 21 Jens C Skou

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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Birthdate: October 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lemvig, Denmark

Jens C. Skou was a Danish biochemist best known for his work in the field of animal cells. Along with Paul D. Boyer and John E. Walker, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. He had a brilliant academic career and remained active well into his 90s. He died at the age of 99. 

 22 August Krogh

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Famous As: Zoophysiologist
Birthdate: November 15, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grenå
Died: September 13, 1949

 23 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen

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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: February 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1927

 24 Niels Kaj Jerne

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Famous As: Immunologist
Birthdate: December 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 7, 1994

 25 Thomas Bartholin

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 20, 1616
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden
Died: December 4, 1680

 26 Ejnar Hertzsprung

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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: October 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen
Died: October 21, 1967

 27 Johannes Fibiger

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: April 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silkeborg, Denmark
Died: January 30, 1928

 28 Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming

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Famous As: Danish botanist
Birthdate: November 3, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mano, Denmark
Died: April 2, 1924

 29 Henrik Dam

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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: February 21, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen
Died: April 17, 1976

 30 Emil Christian Hansen

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Famous As: Mycologist
Birthdate: May 8, 1842
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ribe, Denmark
Died: August 27, 1909

 31 Peter Andreas Hansen

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 8, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tonder, Schleswig, Denmark
Died: March 28, 1874

Born to a goldsmith, Peter Andreas Hansen had initially learned the art of watchmaking. However, his skills as an astronomer eventually earned him the post of the director of the Seeberg Observatory near Gotha. His best-known works are related to optics, probability theory, and the motion of the Moon.

 32 John Louis Emil Dreyer

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: February 13, 1852
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: September 14, 1926

 33 Rasmus Bartholin

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 13, 1625
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roskilde, Denmark
Died: November 4, 1698

 34 William Christopher Zeise

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Famous As: Organic Chemist
Birthdate: October 15, 1789
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Slagelse, Denmark
Died: November 12, 1847

 35 Steen Willadsen

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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 36 Willi Dansgaard

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Famous As: Paleoclimatologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 8, 2011

 37 Bengt Strömgren

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: July 4, 1987

 38 Christen Sørensen Longomontanus

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: October 4, 1562
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jutland, Egtved, Denmark
Died: October 8, 1647

 39 Hans Peter Jørgen Julius Thomsen

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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: February 16, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 13, 1909