Inspire A Friend—With Neils Bohr

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

People Who Kick Buts: Neils Bohr

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An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

  • Born on October 7, 1885; passed away on November 18, 1962.
  • A Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.
  • Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen.
  • Bohr married Margrethe Nørlund in 1912, and one of their sons, Aage Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who in 1975 also received the Nobel Prize. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
  • In September 1943, reliable word reached Bohr about his imminent arrest by the German police; the Danish resistance quickly managed to help Bohr and his wife escape by sea to Sweden. Soon after, Bohr was flown in a military aircraft to Britain. There he was introduced to the then-secret atomic bomb project (see Political Activities section below for greater detail). Eventually he was directed to the project’s principal location in the United States of America.

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