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Niels Bohr

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr

Profession: Nobel Prize Winning Physicist


Biography: Niels Bohr was a Danish physicist who specialised in Atomic theory and Complementarity (quantum mechanics). He won the Nobel Prize in 1922.

Bohr established the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen then escaped the Nazis in 1943. Bohr worked on The Manhattan Project for the British and was one of the founders of CERN.

Born: October 7, 1885
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Libra

Died: November 18, 1962 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1912-08-01 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark

Historical Events

  • 1922-12-10 Danish physicist Niels Bohr awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, for work on the structure of atoms, at a ceremony in Copehagen
  • 1941-09-17 Famous meeting between Danish physicist Niels Bohr and German head of nuclear energy project Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen to discuss nuclear weapons (date approximate)

Quotes by Niels Bohr

  • "No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical."
  • "A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself."