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Dr Aage Niels Bohr

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Dr Aage Niels Bohr

  • Birth 19 Jun 1922 Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
  • Death 8 Sep 2009 Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
  • Burial Gentofte, Gentofte Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
  • Memorial ID 41819314

Nobel Prize Winning Nuclear Physicist. After helping his legendary father at the Manhattan Project, he garnered his own Nobel in 1975. Raised in Copenhagen within the confines of his father's Institute for Theoretical Physics (Later, and now, the Niels Bohr Institute), he left his studies at the University of Copenhagen and moved with his family to Sweeden, then to London, after Hitler expelled the Jews from Denmark in 1943. From thence, he travelled to Los Alamos, New Mexico, as a junior scientific officer, assigned as the elder Dr. Bohr's laboratory assistant in the atomic bomb project. In 1945, he returned to the University of Copenhagen, then moved on to Princeton in 1949, where he began to challenge some of his father's assumptions about basic nuclear structure, which postulate a perfectly round nucleus, and had held that protons and neutrons bind together in a manner analagous to that holding conventional molecules within a drop of liquid. The younger Bohr joined with James Rainwater and Ben Mottelson to demonstrate a synthesis of existing theories in which surface ossilations and centrifugal force distort nuclear shape into an elipse, therby holding disparate particles in association one with the other. Dr. Bohr became a professor at the University of Copenhagen in 1956, and succeeded his father as director of the Niels Bohr Institute in 1962. He helped found the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1957, and became its head in 1975. He and Dr. Mottelson published a classic two-volume work titled "Nuclear Structure"; the first volume, "Single-Particle Motion" appeared in 1969, and the second, "Nuclear Deformations", in 1975. Drs. Bohr, Rainwater, and Mottelson shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for "discovery of the connection between collective motion and particle motion in atomic nuclei, and the development of the theory of the structure of the atomic nucleus based on this connection". Dr. Bohr's other awards include the Pope Pius XI Medal in 1963, and the 1976 Ole Romer Medal. He retired in 1981, and was an amateur classical pianist.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Added: 10 Sep 2009
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Aage Niels Bohr (19 Jun 1922–8 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41819314, citing Mariebjerg Cemetery, Gentofte, Gentofte Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark ; Maintained by Find A Grave .