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.
Niels BohrNiels Bohr
07 October 1885
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Tycho BraheTycho Brahe
14 December 1546
Astronomer

Hans Christian ØrstedHans Christian Ørsted
14 August 1777
Physicist

Aage Niels BohrAage Bohr
19 June 1922
Physicist

Niels Ryberg FinsenNiels Ryberg Finsen
15 December 1860
Physician

Inge LehmannInge Lehmann
13 May 1888
Seismologist, Geophysicist
August KroghAugust Krogh
15 November 1874
Zoophysiologist

Ben Roy MottelsonBen Roy Mottelson
09 July 1926
Physicist

Henrik DamHenrik Dam
21 February 1895
Biochemist
Jens C SkouJens C Skou
08 October 1918
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

William Christopher ZeiseWilliam Christopher Zeise
15 October 1789
Organic Chemist
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
30 December 1950
Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist,

David Heinemeier HanssonDavid Heinemeier Hansson
15 October 1979
Programmer

Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
22 November 1968
Programmer

Nicolas StenoNicolas Steno
01 January 1638
Scientist

Ole RømerOle Rømer
25 September 1644
Astronomer, Physicist, Scientist, University
Johan Christian FabriciusJohan Christian Fabricius
07 January 1745
Zoologist

Lene HauLene Hau
13 November 1959
Physicist

Hans Christian GramHans Christian Gram
13 September 1853
Physician, Bacteriologist, University teacher,

Agner Krarup ErlangAgner Krarup Erlang
01 January 1878
Mathematician, Engineer, Statistician
Peter NaurPeter Naur
25 October 1928
Danish astronomer

Harald BohrHarald Bohr
22 April 1887
Mathematician
Jens Peter JacobsenJens Peter Jacobsen
07 April 1847
Novelist

Niels Kaj JerneNiels Kaj Jerne
23 December 1911
Immunologist

Johannes Nicolaus BrønstedJohannes Nicolaus Brønsted
22 February 1879
Chemist
Johannes FibigerJohannes Fibiger
23 April 1867
Physician

Ejnar HertzsprungEjnar Hertzsprung
08 October 1873
Chemist
Thomas BartholinThomas Bartholin
20 October 1616
Physician

Emil Christian HansenEmil Christian Hansen
08 May 1842
Mycologist

Rasmus BartholinRasmus Bartholin
13 August 1625
Physician
John Louis Emil DreyerJohn Louis Emil Dreyer
13 February 1852
Astronomer

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Peter Andreas HansenPeter Andreas Hansen
08 December 1795
Astronomer
Willi DansgaardWilli Dansgaard
30 August 1922
Paleoclimatologist

Christen Sørensen LongomontanusChristen Sørensen Longomontanus
04 October 1562
Astronomer

Bengt StrömgrenBengt Strömgren
21 January 1908
Astronomer

Steen WilladsenSteen Willadsen
1943 AD
Scientist
Hans Peter Jørgen Julius ThomsenHans Peter Jørgen Julius Thomsen
16 February 1826
Chemist
Johannes Eugenius Bülow WarmingJohannes Eugenius Bülow Warming
03 November 1841
Danish botanist

Wilhelm Ludvig JohannsenWilhelm Ludvig Johannsen
03 February 1857
Botanist