Background for the Niels Bohr centenary celebrations


Niels Bohr's atomic model from 1913 was fundamental for the development of quantum theory. Soon after its founding in 1921, the Bohr Institute became one of the world's major centres for physics research. Scientists from around the world collaborated in a unique research community that created the basis for significant advances, which include a new understanding of quantum mechanics in the 1920s and the origins of nuclear physics in the 1930s.

Niels Bohr Institutet, Blegdamsvej 17
Niels Bohr Institutet, Blegdamsvej 17

In addition to the significant advances in physics associated with Bohr and his institute, it was especially Bohr's innovative and cosmopolitan worldview, together with his philosophical and political views, that made Copenhagen an intellectual stronghold, and Bohr himself a source of inspiration with a reach far beyond physics.Today, the Niels Bohr Institute continues to embrace the spirit of Niels Bohr by maintaining the unique international environment that has been characteristic of the institute's first century, and by tackling the great scientific problems of the 21st century, in the many different fields of research housed at the institute.

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Official centenary celebration

The Niels Bohr Institute was inaugurated on the 3rd March 1921, presided over by the Prime Minister of Denmark Niels Neergaard. The inauguration was to be the beginning of a unique era in Danish scientific research.

The official centenary celebration of the Niels Bohr Institute will take place from the morning on 3rd of March 2022 on Blegdamsvej, Auditorium A. Invited guests will include the Danish Crown Prince and the Prime Minister.

The scientific conference will take place from the 2nd - 4th of March 2022. Read more about the conferences.

The celebrations will continue on the 3rd of June 2022 with a big joint party for all of the Niels Bohr Institute's employees and students.

Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour

As a part of the official celebration the 3rd of March 2022, the Niels Bohr Institute will award two medals of honour to physicists who are distinguished in their respective fields of physics.

The Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour was established in 2010 to mark the 125th anniversary of Niels Bohr’s birth. The medal is awarded annually to a particularly outstanding researcher working in the spirit of Niels Bohr: International collaboration and exchange of knowledge.