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

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Anders Hejlsberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 58

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Anders Hejlsberg (, born 2 December 1960) is a prominent Danish software engineer who co-designed several popular and commercially successful programming languages and development tools. He was ...more
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August Krogh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 75 (1874-1949)

Birthplace: Grenå, Denmark

Schack August Steenberg Krogh (15 November 1874 – 13 September 1949) was a Danish professor at the department of zoophysiology at the University of Copenhagen from 1916 to 1945. He contributed a ...more
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Bernhard Bang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Bernhard Bang Dec. at 84 (1848-1932)

Birthplace: Sorø, Denmark

Bernhard Lauritz Frederik Bang (7 June 1848 – 22 June 1932), was a Danish veterinarian. He discovered Brucella abortus in 1897, which came to be known as Bang's bacillus. Bang's bacillus was the ...more
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Bjarne Stroustrup is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 68

Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark

Bjarne Stroustrup (; Danish: [ˈpjaːnə ˈstʁɒʊ̯ˀstʁɔp]; born 30 December 1950) is a Danish computer scientist, most notable for the creation and development of the C++ programming language. He is ...more
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Bjørn Lomborg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 54

Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bjørn Lomborg (Danish: [pjɶɐ̯n ˈlɒmpɒːˀʊ̯]; born 6 January 1965) is a Danish author and President of his think tank, Copenhagen Consensus Center. He is former director of the Danish ...more
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Carl Hansen Ostenfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 58 (1873-1931)

Birthplace: Denmark

Carl Emil Hansen Ostenfeld (born Carl Emil Ostenfeld-Hansen) (3 August 1873 – 16 January 1931) was a Danish systematic botanist. He graduated from the University of Copenhagen under professor ...more
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Carsten Olsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 83 (1891-1974)

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Carsten Erik Olsen (1 March 1891 – 19 August 1974) was a Danish plant ecologist and plant physiologist, who pioneered the study of plant nutrition in soils of different pH. He was born in ...more
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Caspar Bartholin the Eld... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 44 (1585-1629)

Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Caspar Bartholin the Elder (; 12 February 1585 – 13 July 1629) was born at Malmø, Denmark (modern Sweden) and was a polymath, finally accepting a professorship in medicine at the ...more
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Christian Bohr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Christian Bohr Dec. at 56 (1855-1911)

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Christian Harald Lauritz Peter Emil Bohr (1855–1911) was a Danish physician, father of the physicist and Nobel laureate Niels Bohr, as well as the mathematician and football player Harald Bohr ...more
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Danny Lange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 57
Danny B. Lange is a Danish computer scientist who has worked on machine learning for IBM, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Uber, and Unity Technologies.
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David Heinemeier Hansson... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 39

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

David Heinemeier Hansson (born 15 October 1979; also known to the Ruby programming language and automobile racing communities as DHH) is a Danish programmer and the creator of the popular Ruby ...more
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Dines Bjørner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 81

Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Professor Dines Bjørner (born 4 October 1937, in Odense) is a Danish computer scientist. He specializes in research into domain engineering, requirements engineering and formal methods. ...more
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Dorte Juul Jensen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dorte Juul Jensen
Dorte Juul Jensen is a senior scientist and head of the Center for Fundamental Research: Metal Structures in Four Dimensions and Materials Research Division, Risø DTU National Laboratory ...more
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Edgar Rubin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Edgar Rubin Dec. at 65 (1886-1951)

Birthplace: Denmark

Edgar John Rubin (September 6, 1886 - May 3, 1951) was a Danish psychologist/phenomenologist, remembered for his work on figure-ground perception as seen in such optical illusions like the Rubin ...more
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Eigil Friis-Christensen ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Eigil Friis-Christensen
Eigil Friis-Christensen (29 October 1944 – 21 September 2018) was a Danish geophysicist specializing in space physics.
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Emil Christian Hansen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Emil Christian Hansen Dec. at 67 (1842-1909)

Birthplace: Ribe, Denmark

Emil Christian Hansen (8 May 1842 – 27 August 1909) was a Danish mycologist and fermentation physiologist. Born in Ribe, he financed his education by writing novels. He was awarded a gold medal ...more
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Emil Rostrup is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 76 (1831-1907)
Frederik Georg Emil Rostrup (28 January 1831 – 16 January 1907) was a Danish botanist, mycologist and plant pathologist.From 1858, Emil Rostrup was a teacher at the paedagogical college ...more
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Eugenius Warming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 83 (1841-1924)

Birthplace: Mandø

Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming (3 November 1841 – 2 April 1924), known as Eugen Warming, was a Danish botanist and a main founding figure of the scientific discipline of ecology. Warming ...more
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Frederik Børgesen... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 90 (1866-1956)
Fredrik Christian Emil Børgesen (1 January 1866 in Copenhagen – 22 March 1956 in Frederiksberg) was a Danish botanist and phycologist. He graduated in botany from the University of ...more
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Hans Christian Gram is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Hans Christian Gram Dec. at 85 (1853-1938)

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Hans Christian Joachim Gram (September 13, 1853 – November 14, 1938) was a Danish bacteriologist noted for his development of the Gram stain.
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Hans Jacob Hansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Hans Jacob Hansen Dec. at 81 (1855-1936)

Birthplace: Denmark

Hans Jacob Hansen (August 10, 1855 – June 26, 1936) was a Danish zoologist. He was born in Bellinge and died in Gentofte.
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Hans Peter Jørgen... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 83 (1826-1909)

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Hans Peter Jørgen Julius Thomsen (16 February 1826 – 13 February 1909) was a Danish chemist noted in thermochemistry for the Thomsen–Berthelot principle.
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Hans Ussing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Hans Ussing Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)

Birthplace: Europe, Denmark, Eurasia

Hans Henriksen Ussing (30 December 1911 – 22 December 2000) was a Danish scientist, best known for having invented the Ussing chamber. In the early 1950s Ussing was the first to describe the ...more
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Harald T. Friis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Næstved, Denmark

Harald Trap Friis (22 February 1893 – 15 June 1976), who published as H. T. Friis, was a Danish-American radio engineer whose work at Bell Laboratories included pioneering contributions to radio ...more
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Helmuth Nyborg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from Denmark
Age: 82
Helmuth Sørensen Nyborg (born 5 January 1937) is a Danish psychologist and author. He is former professor of developmental psychology at Aarhus University, Denmark and Olympic canoeist. ...more