Sunday, September 29, 2013

Know Your Scientist - Niels Bohr: The Father of the Atom

Born in 1885 to Christian Bohr - a professor of physiology - and Ellen Adler Bohr in Copenhagen, Denmark, Niels Bohr made numerous contributions to the field of physics up over the course of his life, up until his death in 1962.

After studying philosophy and mathematics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, he conducted a series of experiments dealing with the properties of surface tension. Said experiments were performed using his father's lab, which was located at the university. Following his initial experiments, the essay on his findings won a competition that was sponsored by the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters (quite the accomplishment at the time). This prompted his transition from philosophy, into the field of physics - a subject he would soon find himself taking quite the liking to.

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