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Famous Physicists from Denmark

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

List features Niels Henrik David Bohr, Aage Bohr and more.

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

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  • Aage Niels Bohr (Danish: [ˈɔːʊ̯ə ˌnels ˈpoɐ̯ˀ] (listen); 19 June 1922 – 8 September 2009) was a Danish nuclear physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1975 with Ben Mottelson and James Rainwater "for the discovery of the connection between collective motion and particle motion in atomic nuclei and the development of the theory of the structure of the atomic nucleus based on this connection". Starting from Rainwater's concept of an irregular-shaped liquid drop model of the nucleus, Bohr and Mottelson developed a detailed theory that was in close agreement with experiments. Since his father, Niels Bohr, had won the prize in 1922, he and his father were one of the six pairs of...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ben Roy Mottelson (born July 9, 1926) is a Danish nuclear physicist. He won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the non-spherical geometry of atomic nuclei....  more
    • Age: 95
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
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    Hans Christian Ørsted (; Danish: [hæns kʰʁæstjæn ˈɶɐ̯stɛð]; often rendered Oersted in English; 14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851) was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, which was the first connection found between electricity and magnetism. Oersted's law and the oersted (Oe) are named after him. A leader of the Danish Golden Age, Ørsted was a close friend of Hans Christian Andersen and the brother of politician and jurist Anders Sandøe Ørsted, who served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 1853 to 1854....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1777-1851)
    • Birthplace: Rudkøbing, Denmark
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    Hans Henrik Andersen

    Hans Henrik Andersen (May 1, 1937 in Frederiksberg, Denmark – November 3, 2012) was a Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen (emeritus since 2004). He was the founder and subsequently co-editor of the scientific journal "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B". He has made important contributions to various fields of atomic physics and solid state physics, especially in the field of the stopping power of matter for fast charged particles. The accuracy (0.3–0.5%) of his measurements is unsurpassed even today (2006). They were done by measuring the amount of heat deposited in a foil at the temperature of liquid helium (−269°C). Together with his...  more
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Denmark