Niels Bohr

  • Niels Bohr's childhood

    Read about Niels Bohr’s childhoodNiels Bohr was born in 1885 in Copenhagen. He and his two siblings grew up in a loving home, where interest in science was a part of everyday life.

  • Niels Bohr’s school years

    Read about Niels Bohr’s school yearsWhen Niels Bohr was seven years old he started school, where he was number one in his class.

  • Life as a student

    Read about Life as a studentIn 1903, Niels Bohr began to study at the University of Copenhagen. In 1911, he received his doctorate and in the same year was engaged to Margrethe Nørlund.

  • Bohr's atomic model

    Bohr's atomic modelAfter taking his doctorate in physics in 1911, Niels Bohr went to study in England, where he developed his famous atomic mode.

  • Niels Bohr Institute

    Niels Bohr InstituteIn 1916, Niels Bohr was appointed professor at the University of Copenhagen. In 1921, his new Institute for Theoretical Physics was dedicated.

  • The Nobel Prize

     The Nobel PrizeIn 1922, Niels Bohr received the Nobel Prize in Physics for "his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and the radiation emanating from them”.

  • The Copenhagen Interpretation

    The Copenhagen InterpretationIn the middle of the 1920s, modern quantum mechanics was developed. This became the foundation for the famous debates between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein.

  • Nuclear physics and war

    Nuclear physics and warIn the early 1930s, Niels Bohr began to get interested in the atom’s nucleus. During the war he worked on the atomic bomb in the United States.

  • The final years

    The final yearsAfter the war, the Niels Bohr Institute was once again a gathering point for the world’s researchers. Niels Bohr died in November 1962.