University Of Copenhagen

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Copenhagen. The list includes people like Søren Kierkegaard, Lars Mikkelsen, Mette Frederiksen, Margrethe Vestager & Danica Curcic. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, miscellaneous, leaders and scientists etc.
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Soren Kierkegaard
(Religious Author Who is Considered to be the First 'Existentialist' Philosopher)
Soren Kierkegaard
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Birthdate: May 5, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1855

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, social critic, poet, and religious author. Widely regarded as the first existentialist philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard is sometimes referred to as the Father of Existentialism. He is also credited with influencing many theologians, philosophers, and writers like Paul Feyerabend, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Jorge Luis Borges.

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Niels Bohr
(Danish Physicist Who Made Foundational Contributions to Understanding Atomic Structure and Quantum Theory)
Niels Bohr
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Listed In: Scientists
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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Tycho Brahe
(16th Century Danish Astronomer Who is Known for His Accurate and Comprehensive Astronomical Observations)
Tycho Brahe
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 14, 1546
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knutstorp Manor, 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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Lars von Trier
(Director and Screenwriter Known for His Films: ‘Dancer in the Dark’, ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Europa’)
Lars von Trier
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Birthdate: April 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyngby, Denmark

Danish film director and screenwriter Lars von Trier has been active in the entertainment industry for almost four decades. He is known for exploring topics like existential issues, politics, mental health, etc. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix, and the Prix du Jury. He has seven Academy Award nominations as well.

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Frederick IX of Denmark
(King of Denmark (1947 - 1972))
Frederick IX of Denmark
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Birthdate: March 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sorgenfri Palace, Lyngby, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1972

Frederick IX of Denmark reigned as the king of Denmark from 1947 until his death in 1972. Under his reign, the Danish society experienced a rapid change; the economy received a massive boost in the 1960s which allowed women to enter the labor market. In 1982, Frederick's statue was unveiled in Copenhagen, ten years after his death.

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt
(Politician)
Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 7 
Lars Mikkelsen
(Danish Actor Known for His Role in the TV Series 'The Killing')
Lars Mikkelsen
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Birthdate: May 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Mikkelsen is a Danish actor best known for playing the Russian president Viktor Petrov in the American series House of Cards on Netflix. As a young man, he began to study biology at the University of Copenhagen but quit midway to pursue a career in entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards, including an International Emmy Award. 

 8 
Peter Freuchen
(Danish Arctic Explorer, Author, Journalist and Anthropologist Who is Known for His Role in Arctic Exploration)
Peter Freuchen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Died: September 2, 1957
While one of his existing photos shows him dressed in the fur of a polar bear he killed himself, Peter Freuchen was a man of many skills. With a towering 6’ 7” frame, he rode across the Arctic and also fought against the Nazis after losing a leg to frostbite. 
 9 
Hans Christian Gram
(Danish Bacteriologist)
Hans Christian Gram
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 13, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 14, 1938

Hans Christian Gram was a Danish bacteriologist best remembered for developing a technique called Gram stain, which is still used today to classify bacteria. He achieved international recognition after developing the Gram stain technique. Hans Christian Gram also served as a professor at the University of Copenhagen.

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Mireia Lalaguna
(Model Actress)
Mireia Lalaguna
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Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
(President)
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
 12 
Mette Frederiksen
(Politician)
Mette Frederiksen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark
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Lars Løkke Rasmussen
(25th Prime Minister of Denmark)
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Danica Curcic
(Serbian-Danish Actress Best Known for Her Performance in the Danish Drama Film 'Silent Heart')
Danica Curcic
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Birthdate: August 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia

Danica Curcic is a Serbian-Danish actress best known for her portrayal of Sanne in the 2014 Danish drama film Silent Heart, for which she received the Bodil Award under the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. In 2014, Danica Curcic was also honored at the Berlin International Film Festival with the prestigious Shooting Star Award.

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Gry Bay
(Actress)
Gry Bay
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Birthdate: August 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Aage Bohr
(Danish Nuclear Physicist and Winner of 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Aage Bohr
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Listed In: Scientists
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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Piet Hein
(Polymath)
Piet Hein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 17, 1996

Piet Hein was a Danish polymath. He was an expert in mathematics and was also an inventor, designer, and writer. He studied at the University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark. He joined the Danish resistance movement when the Germans invaded Denmark. In his later years, he invented the Soma cube and devised the games of Hex and Tower.   

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Ester Boserup
(Danish Economist Known for Her Theory of Agricultural Intensification)
Ester Boserup
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Birthdate: May 18, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
Died: September 24, 1999

Ester Boserup was a Danish economist best remembered for her work at the United Nations and other international organizations. She worked towards establishing equal rights for women in all spheres of life. In 1989, Ester Boserup was inducted into the US National Academy of Sciences.

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Morten Frost
(Former Danish Badminton Player and Later Coach)
Morten Frost
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
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Inge Lehmann
(Seismologist & Geophysicist Known for Her Discovery that Earth’s Outer Core is Molten & its Inner Core Solid)
Inge Lehmann
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, 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.

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Margrethe Vestager
(Executive Vice President)
Margrethe Vestager
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glostrup, Denmark
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Sucharit Bhakdi
(Thai-German Retired Microbiologist Who Termed COVID-19 Pandemic as "Fake")
Sucharit Bhakdi
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Sucharit Bhakdi is a Thai-German retired microbiologist. Although a reputed scientist with a number of prestigious awards under his belt, Bhakdi achieved infamy during the COVID-19 pandemic when he claimed that the pandemic was fake and that the vaccines were being administered to decimate the world's population. Sucharit Bhakdi is the recipient of the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize among other awards.

 23 
Adam Price
(Screenwriter)
Adam Price
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Birthdate: May 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Nicolas Steno
(Danish Scientist Who Was a Pioneer in Both Anatomy and Geology)
Nicolas Steno
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 25, 1686

Nicolas Steno was a 17th-century Danish scientist considered a pioneer in both anatomy and geology. He received training in the classical texts on science and went on to become an expert on fossils and rock formation. Today, he is considered one of the founders of modern stratigraphy and modern geology. He became a Catholic bishop in his later years.  

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Ole Rømer
(Danish Astronomer)
Ole Rømer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 25, 1644
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark
Died: September 19, 1710

Ole Rømer was a Danish astronomer known for making the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light in 1676. Born into a wealthy family where his interest in mathematics and astronomy were encouraged, he went on to study at the University of Copenhagen. He had a high-profile career and was employed by the French government under King Louis XIV. 

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Hans Egede
(Danish-Norwegian Missionary Known for His Mission in Greenland)
Hans Egede
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 31, 1686
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harstad, Norway
Died: November 5, 1758

Danish-Norwegian missionary Hans Egede served the Lutheran Church. Known for his missionary campaigns in Greenland, he earned the nickname the Apostle of Greenland. He established Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, and lived among the Inuit community. He also translated books into Inuit and is revered as the National Saint of Greenland.

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Harald Bohr
(Danish Mathematician and Footballer)
Harald Bohr
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 22, 1951

Not only was Harald Bohr the younger brother of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr, but he was also a renowned mathematician in his own right. He is remembered for his research on periodic functions. Interestingly, he was also part of the silver-winning Danish football team at the 1908 London Olympics.

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N. F. S. Grundtvig
(Danish Bishop and Founder of 'Grundtvigianism', a Theological Movement That Revitalized the Danish Lutheran Church)
N. F. S. Grundtvig
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Birthdate: September 8, 1783
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vordingborg Municipality, Denmark
Died: September 2, 1872

N. F. S. Grundtvig was a Danish author, pastor, poet, historian, teacher, philosopher, and politician. By the end of the 19th century, Grundtvig's philosophy had given rise to a new sense of nationalism, for which he is often counted among the most influential Danish people of all time. He is also remembered for promoting values like compassion, wisdom, and equality.

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Ludvig Holberg
(Playwright and an Author)
Ludvig Holberg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 3, 1684
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: January 28, 1754

One of the forefathers of Norwegian and Danish literature, Ludvig Holberg was a legendary literary figure of the Dano-Norwegian dual monarchy era. Initially a French tutor, he later studied music, before devoting himself to writing. His comedies earned him the nickname of The Molière of the North.

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Ida Auken
(Member of the Danish Folketing)
Ida Auken
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Johan Christian Fabricius
(Danish Entomologist Who Established the Basis for the Modern Insect Classification)
Johan Christian Fabricius
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 7, 1745
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tøndern, Denmark
Died: March 3, 1808

Johan Christian Fabricius was a Danish zoologist. He specialized in "Insecta", which at that time included all insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and other anthropoids. He studied under the renowned Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus and went on to become one of the most important entomologists of the 18th century. He is credited to have named nearly 10,000 species of animals. 

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Anders Retzius
(Swedish Anatomist and Anthropologist Who is Best Known for His Pioneer Studies in Craniometry)
Anders Retzius
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Birthdate: October 13, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lund, Sweden
Died: April 18, 1860

Swedish professor of anatomy Anders Retzius is best remembered for his ground-breaking research on craniometry, or the human skull. He was associated with the Karolinska Medic-Kirurgiska Institutet in Stockholm. A Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences member, he was also the father of renowned Swedish physican Gustaf Retzius.

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Otto Jespersen
(One of the Greatest Language Scholars of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries)
Otto Jespersen
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Birthdate: July 16, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Randers, Denmark
Died: April 30, 1943

Otto Jespersen was a Danish linguist best remembered for his expertise in the English language and its grammar. Counted among the greatest language scholars of his generation, Otto Jespersen played a prominent role in the international language movement. He also served as a professor at the University of Copenhagen between 1893 and 1925.

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Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted
(Danish Physical Chemist Who Developed the 'Brønsted–Lowry Acid–Base Theory')
Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Varde, Denmark
Died: December 17, 1947

Danish physical chemist Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted is best known for his discovery of an acid-base concept that was similar to but independent of Thomas Martin Lowry’s research. He also taught at Yale and was later elected to the Danish Parliament. He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize 4 times.

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Valdemar Poulsen
(Engineer)
Valdemar Poulsen
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Birthdate: November 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 23, 1942
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Peter Høeg
(Writer)
Peter Høeg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
 37 
Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen
(Danish Botanist, Physiologist, and Geneticist Best Known for Coining the Terms Gene, Phenotype and Genotype)
Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elsinore, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1927

Danish geneticist and botanist Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen is remembered for his research on plant heredity. Initially a professor, who had also taught plant physiology at the University of Copenhagen, he later focused on research. He is also credited with coining the terms phenotype, genotype, and genes.

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Georg Brandes
(Critic)
Georg Brandes
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Birthdate: February 4, 1842
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 19, 1927
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Jens C Skou
(Danish Biochemist and Winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Jens C Skou
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lemvig, Denmark
Died: May 28, 2018

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. 

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Jens Otto Krag
(Prime minister of Denmark)
Jens Otto Krag
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Randers, Denmark
Died: June 22, 1978
 41 
Johan Ludvig Heiberg
(Philologist)
Johan Ludvig Heiberg
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Birthdate: November 27, 1854
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: January 4, 1928

Johan Ludvig Heiberg was a Danish historian and philologist. Heiberg is best remembered for discovering previously unknown texts in the famous Archimedes Palimpsest. In 1912, Johan Ludvig Heiberg was honored with the Prix Binoux by the French Academy of Sciences.

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Jón Sigurdsson
(Political Leader)
Jón Sigurdsson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 17, 1811
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iceland
Died: December 7, 1879
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Thomas Bartholin
(Danish Physician, Mathematician, and Theologian Known for His Work in the Discovery of the Lymphatic System in Humans)
Thomas Bartholin
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Birthdate: October 20, 1616
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden
Died: December 4, 1680

Thomas Bartholin was a Danish physician, theologian, and mathematician. He is best remembered for discovering the lymphatic system in human beings. Thomas Bartholin is also known as the first person to scientifically describe refrigeration anesthesia, which is widely used today, especially while performing major amputations of the limbs.    

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Niels Kaj Jerne
(Danish Immunologist Known for the Discovery of the Principle for Production of Monoclonal Antibodies)
Niels Kaj Jerne
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 7, 1994

Niels Kaj Jerne was a Danish immunologist best remembered for winning the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine alongside César Milstein and Georges J. F. Köhler. Jerne, who made important contributions to the fields of Immunology and Microbiology, was also honored with the Marcel Benoist Prize and Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize in 1978 and 1982 respectively.

 45 
Adam Oehlenschläger
(Poet)
Adam Oehlenschläger
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 14, 1779
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 20, 1850
 46 
Rasmus Rask
(Danish Linguist and Philologist Known for His Contributions to Comparative Linguistics)
Rasmus Rask
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Birthdate: November 22, 1787
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: November 14, 1832

Danish philologist and linguist Rasmus Rask is known for pioneering Icelandic grammar. He also taught at the University of Copenhagen. His research later led to the basic law of comparative linguistics, also known as Grimm’s law. He traveled extensively, to places such as Persia, Ceylon, and India, and learned 25 languages and dialects.

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Johannes V. Jensen
(Author)
Johannes V. Jensen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Farsø, Denmark
Died: November 25, 1950
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Jonathan Motzfeldt
(1st Prime Minister of Greenland)
Jonathan Motzfeldt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Qassimiut, Greenland
Died: October 28, 2010
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Helmuth Nyborg
(Psychologist, Canoeists)
Helmuth Nyborg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Løsning, Denmark

Apart from being a professor, a psychologist, and an author, Helmuth Nyborg is also a bronze medal-winning Olympic canoeist. His research covered areas such as racial and sexual factors in the determination of intelligence and personality. He was once accused of misusing someone else’s work without giving credit.

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Jónas Hallgrímsson
(Poet)
Jónas Hallgrímsson
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Birthdate: November 16, 1807
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hraun, Iceland
Died: May 26, 1845