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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Copenhagen and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Copenhagen, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Copenhagen include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Copenhagen alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Copenhagen are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Copenhagen.

Examples of graduates on this list: Søren Kierkegaard, Hans Christian Andersen and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Copenhagen?” and “Which celebrities are University of Copenhagen alumni?”

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Niels Henrik David Bohr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. ...more

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Tycho Brahe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Chemist, Nobleman, Astronomer Tycho Brahe, born Tyge Ottesen Brahe, was a Danish nobleman known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. He was born in Scania, then part of Denmark, now ...more

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Bjørn Lomborg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Professor, Political scientist, Scientist Bjørn Lomborg is the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and a former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen. He became internationally known for his ...more

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Piet Hein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Mathematician, Inventor, Scientist Piet Hein was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short ...more

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Søren Kierkegaard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Theologian, Novelist, Writer Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote ...more

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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not ...more

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Kurt Westergaard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Cartoonist, Author Kurt Westergaard is a Danish cartoonist who created the controversial cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb in his turban. This cartoon was the most contentious of the 12 ...more

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Claus Lund is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Claus H. Lund is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvedere Trust. Claus Lund was the Executive Vice President of mortgage asset management at Bank of America from 1992 to 1998, in which capacity ...more

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Per Wimmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Investment Banker, Explorer, Financier Per Wimmer is a Danish philanthropist, space advocate, entrepreneur, financier, adventurer, author and future space tourist. On Oct 6, 2008, Per Wimmer participated in the World's first tandem ...more

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Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Theatre Director, Politician, Teacher Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is an Icelandic politician who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. She is both Iceland's and Europe's first female president. With a ...more

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Nick Palmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician, Computer scientist Nicholas Douglas Palmer is a British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire from 1997 until he lost the seat at the 2010 general election to ...more

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Nicolas Steno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Anatomist, Geologist Nicolas Steno was a Danish scientist, a pioneer in both anatomy and geology who became Catholic bishop in his later years. Steno was trained in the classical texts on science; however, by 1659 ...more

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Agner Krarup Erlang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Mathematician, Statistician, Electrical engineer Agner Krarup Erlang 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 ...more

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Richard D. Gill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Mathematician, Statistician Richard David Gill is a mathematician born in the United Kingdom who has lived in the Netherlands since 1974. As a probability theorist and statistician, Gill is known for his research on ...more

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Sigurður Þórarinsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Geologist Sigurður Þórarinsson was an Icelandic geologist, volcanologist, glaciologist, professor and lyricist. He is considered a pioneer in the field of tephrochronology, and he made ...more

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N. F. S. Grundtvig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician, Pastor, Writer Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig, most often referred to as N. F. S. Grundtvig or just Grundtvig, was a Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian, teacher and politician. He was one ...more

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Kristján Eldjárn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician, Curator, Teacher Dr. Kristján Eldjárn was the third President of Iceland, from 1968 to 1980. His parents were Þórarinn Kr. Eldjárn, a teacher in Tjörn, and Sigrún ...more

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Ove Arup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Structural engineer, Engineer Sir Ove Nyquist Arup, CBE, MICE, MIStructE, known as Ove Arup, was an Anglo-Danish engineer who founded Arup Group Limited, a multinational corporation that offers engineering, design, planning, ...more

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Hans Christian Ørsted is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physicist, Chemist Hans Christian Ørsted was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, an important aspect of electromagnetism. He is still known today for ...more

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Ásgeir Ásgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician, Teacher Ásgeir Ásgeirsson was the second President of Iceland, from 1952 to 1968. Educated as a theologian, Ásgeir graduated with honours from the University of Iceland in ...more

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Bengt Strömgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Bengt Georg Daniel Strömgren was a Danish astronomer and astrophysicist. Bengt Strömgren was born in Gothenburg. His parents were Hedvig Strömgren and Elis Strömgren, who was ...more

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Jens Martin Knudsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physicist, Science writer Jens Martin Knudsen was a Danish astrophysicist. During his scientific career Knudsen authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles, and was a longtime advisor to NASA.

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Ole Rømer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Inventor, Astronomer Ole Christensen Rømer was a Danish astronomer who in 1676 made the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light. In scientific literature alternative spellings such as ...more

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Robert Bruce Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physicist Robert Bruce Lindsay was an American physicist and physics professor, known for his prolific authorship of physics books in acoustics, and historical and philosophical analyses of physics.

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Martin Vahl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Botanist Martin Henrichsen Vahl was a Danish-Norwegian botanist and zoologist. He studied botany in Copenhagen and in Uppsala under Carolus Linnaeus. He edited Flora Danica fasc. XVI-XXI, Symbolæ ...more

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Peder Horrebow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Mathematician Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow was a Danish astronomer. Born in Løgstør, Jutland to a poor family of fishermen, Horrebow entered the University of Copenhagen in 1703. He worked his way ...more

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Caspar Bartholin the Elder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Scientist, Physician Caspar Bartholin the Elder was born at Malmø, Denmark and was a polymath, finally accepting a professorship in medicine at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1613. He later taught ...more

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Johannes Fibiger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Scientist, Physician Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger was a Danish scientist, physician, and professor of pathological anatomy who won the 1926 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Fibiger had claimed to find an ...more

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Aage Bohr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physicist Aage Niels Bohr was a Danish nuclear physicist and Nobel laureate, and the son of the famous physicist and Nobel laureate Niels Bohr.

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Eugenius Warming is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Scientist, Botanist Johannes Eugenius Bülow Warming, known as Eugen Warming, was a Danish botanist and a main founding figure of the scientific discipline of ecology. Warming wrote the first textbook on plant ...more

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Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir is an Icelandic politician from the Social Democratic Alliance, formerly Minister for Foreign Affairs 2007–2009 and leader of the ...more

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Thor Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician Thor Pedersen is a Danish politician representing the Liberal party, Venstre. He was Finance Minister from 27 November 2001 to 23 November 2007 as part of the Cabinets of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I ...more

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Julie Vinter Hansen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Astronomer Julie Marie Vinter Hansen was a Danish astronomer.

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Gry Bay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Actor, Singer Gry Wernberg Bay is a Danish actress and singer. Gry Bay is best known for her sexually provocative starring role in the feature film All About Anna.

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Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Chemist Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted born in Varde, was a Danish physical chemist. He earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1899 and his Ph.D. in 1908 from the University of Copenhagen and was ...more

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Carsten Olsen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Scientist, Botanist Carsten Erik Olsen was a Danish plant ecologist and plant physiologist, who pioneered the study of plant nutrition in soils of different pH. He was born in Copenhagen and began studies of botany ...more

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Thomas Bartholin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Mathematician, Physician Thomas Bartholin was a Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian. He is best known for his work in the discovery of the lymphatic system in humans and for his advancements of the theory of ...more

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Mogens Lykketoft is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician Mogens Lykketoft is the only nominee to become President of the United Nations General Assembly. He will be formally appointed on June, 2015 and will preside over the 70th session of the General ...more

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Joakim Frederik Schouw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Joakim Frederik Schouw Botanist Joakim Frederik Schouw was a Danish lawyer, botanist and politician. From 1821, professor in botany at the University of Copenhagen — first extraordinary professor, but after the death of J.W. ...more

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Christopher Hansteen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physicist Christopher Hansteen was a Norwegian geophysicist, astronomer and physicist, best known for his mapping of Earth's magnetic field.

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Politician Helle Thorning-Schmidt is a Danish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Denmark since 3 October 2011, and the Leader of the Social Democrats since 12 April 2005. She is the first woman ...more

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Henrik Nicolai Clausen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Henrik Nicolai Clausen Politician, Writer Henrik Nicolai Clausen was a Danish theologian and national liberal statesman.

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Adam Oehlenschläger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Poet, Playwright Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger was a Danish poet and playwright. He introduced romanticism into Danish literature.

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Niels Kaj Jerne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physician Niels Kaj Jerne, FRS was a Danish immunologist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1984 with Georges J. F. Köhler and César Milstein "[f]or theories ...more

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Tonny Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Tonny Sorensen born March 9, 1964 is a Danish entrepreneur and creative director best known for his successful commercialization of the iconic California Kustom Kulture brand Von Dutch ...more

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Holger Bech Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Holger Bech Nielsen Physicist Holger Bech Nielsen is a Danish theoretical physicist, Professor emeritus at the Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen, where he started studying physics in 1961. Nielsen has ...more

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Niels Ryberg Finsen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Physician Niels Ryberg Finsen was a Faroese-Danish physician and scientist of Icelandic descent. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903 "in recognition of his contribution ...more

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Poul Nyrup Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen Politician Poul Oluf Nyrup Rasmussen, was Prime Minister of Denmark from 25 January 1993 to 27 November 2001 and President of the Party of European Socialists from 2004 to 2011. He was the leader of the ...more

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Poul Schlüter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Poul Schlüter Politician Poul Holmskov Schlüter is a Danish politician, who served as Prime Minister of Denmark from 1982 to 1993. He was the first member of the Conservative People's Party to become Prime ...more

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Anders Sandøe Ørsted is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Copenhagen Alumni
Botanist Anders Sandøe Ørsted, also written as Anders Sandoe Oersted or Anders Sandö Örsted was a Danish botanist, mycologist, zoologist and marine biologist. He was the nephew of ...more