17 November 2009

Professor Jørn Dines becomes Knight of the Order of Dannebrog

Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Jørn Dines Hansen has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog.

The Order of Dannebrog is an Order of Denmark, instituted by Christian V in 1671. In the beginning, only noblemen could be decorated, but in 1808 Frederik VI changed the requirements so non-nobles could be rewarded for ‘true merit’, including for ‘progress in science’.

Today the Order is given to Danish citizens who have merited the special decoration and the The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation recommends 40 candidates for the Order annually. The Rector of the University of Copenhagen, Ralf Hemmingsen, personally recommended Jørn Dines Hansen for the Order based on his research in experimental physics and for his scientific publications.

The Order of Dannebrog is a white enamelled silver cross, edged in red, with a crown and the monogram of the reigning monarch. It carries an inscription ’God and King’. Jørn Dines Hansen was in audience with Queen Margrethe on the occasion of the awarding of the Order.