Famous Mathematicians from Denmark

List of notable or famous mathematicians from Denmark, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in Denmark and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to Denmark. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Danish mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from Denmark is included when available.

List includes Piet Hein, Agner Krarup Erlang and more.

This historic mathematicians from Denmark list can help answer the questions "Who are some Danish mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Denmark?" These prominent mathematicians of Denmark may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Danish mathematicians.

Use this list of renowned Danish mathematicians to discover some new mathematicians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}

  • Agner Krarup Erlang
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    Agner Krarup Erlang (1 January 1878 – 3 February 1929) was a Danish mathematician, statistician and engineer, who invented the fields of traffic engineering and queueing theory.By the time of his relatively early death at the age of 51, Erlang had created the field of telephone networks analysis. His early work in scrutinizing the use of local, exchange and trunk telephone line usage in a small community to understand the theoretical requirements of an efficient network led to the creation of the Erlang formula, which became a foundational element of modern telecommunication network studies.
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1878-1929)
    • Birthplace: Denmark
  • Anders Hjorth Hald (3 July 1913 – 11 November 2007) was a Danish statistician. He was a professor at the University of Copenhagen from 1960 to 1982. While a professor, he did research in industrial quality control and other areas, and also authored textbooks. After retirement, he made important contributions to the history of statistics. Hald was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, a Member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1913-2007)
    • Birthplace: Denmark
  • Bent Fuglede

    Bent Fuglede (born October 8, 1925) is a Danish mathematician and, since 1992, retired professor (emeritus) from University of Copenhagen.He is known for his contributions to mathematical analysis, in particular functional analysis, where he has proved Fuglede's theorem and stated Fuglede's conjecture.Fuglede graduated from Skt. Jørgens Gymnasium 1943 and received his mag. scient. og cand. mag. in 1948 at the University of Copenhagen after which he studied in USA until 1951. In 1952 he was employed as scientific assistant at Den Polytekniske Læreanstalt and in 1954 as amanuensis at Matematisk Institut University of Copenhagen, in 1958 associate professor, and in 1959 head of department. Fuglede also spent one year in Lund (Sweden) as Nordic docent. Fuglede received his dr.phil. (Ph.D.) in 1960 from the University of Copenhagen; his doctoral advisor was Børge Jessen. after which he became professor of math at Danmarks tekniske Højskole. In 1965 he became professor of math at the University of Copenhagen, where he stayed until his retirement in 1992. He is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. and the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
    • Age: 97
  • Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain

    Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ

    Carl Christopher Georg Andræ (14 October 1812, Hjertebjerg – 2 February 1893) was a Danish politician and mathematician. From 1842 until 1854, he was professor of mathematics and mechanics at the national military college. Andræ was elected to the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 1853. In the next year he became Finance Minister in the Cabinet of Bang before also becoming Council President of Denmark 1856-1857 as leader of the Cabinet of Andræ. After being replaced as Council President by Carl Christian Hall in 1857 Andræ continued as Finance Minister in the Cabinet of Hall I until 1858. Being an individualist he, after the defeat of the National Liberals, never formally joined any political group but remained for the rest of his life a sceptical de facto conservative spectator of the Constitutional Struggle.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1812-1893)
    • Birthplace: Vordingborg Municipality, Denmark
  • Harald August Bohr (22 April 1887 – 22 January 1951) was a Danish mathematician and soccer player. After receiving his doctorate in 1910, Bohr became an eminent mathematician, founding the field of almost periodic functions on which he published a comprehensive survey in the period from 1954 to 1974 with the help of his son-in-law, mathematician Erling Følner. His brother was the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr. He was a member of the Danish national football team for the 1908 Summer Olympics, where he won a silver medal.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1887-1951)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hieronymus Georg Zeuthen

    Hieronymus Georg Zeuthen (15 February 1839 – 6 January 1920) was a Danish mathematician. He is known for work on the enumerative geometry of conic sections, algebraic surfaces, and history of mathematics.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1839-1920)
    • Birthplace: Esbjerg Municipality, Denmark