Ernest Bohr

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Ernest Bohr
Personal information
Nationality Denmark
Born (1924-03-07) 7 March 1924 (age 90)
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Country Denmark
Sport Hockey
Event(s) Men's team
Club Orient, Kongens Lyngby, Lyngby-Taarbæk
Team Denmark national field hockey team

Ernest David Bohr (born 7 March 1924) is a Danish lawyer, former barrister, and field hockey player who played for Denmark in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.


Bohr was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark on 7 March 1924,[1] the son of football player and physicist Niels Bohr and Margrethe Norlund. He graduated from Sortedam High School and later became a barrister. He is named after the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford, who was a friend of Niels, and after Niels' maternal grandfather.[2] He is the brother of physicist Aage Bohr,[2] and the nephew of mathematician Harald Bohr, who played for the Danish silver medal-winning team in football at the 1908 Summer Olympics, which were also held in London. He played Hockey for Orient in Lyngby, Kongens Lyngby, and Lyngby-Taarbæk.[1]

After the German occupation of Denmark, the Bohr family elected to remain in the country despite the fact that the Nazis considered some family members as Jews because Ernest's grandmother Ellen Adler was Jewish. Niels believed he could do the most good by staying in Denmark, but in September 1943 he received word that he would be arrested and brought to Germany. The family then fled to Sweden. Margrethe and the three younger boys remained in Sweden until the war was over.[3]

Bohr played field hockey for Denmark in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. The competition consisted of a group stage in which three groups played each other in round robin fashion, with the top team on Groups A and B and the top two teams in Group C advancing to the semi-finals. Bohr played in two games. In the first game, at The Polytechnic Stadium at Chiswick on 3 August 1948, the Danish team played Pakistan, one of the strongest teams, and was badly beaten, 9-0. In Denmark's next game, on 5 August at the same ground, the team did better against Belgium, fighting back from being 2-0 at half time to lose 2-1. The Danish team came 13th in the completion, drawing its game against France and losing its other three games, and came bottom of Group C. It did not advance to the semi finals.[1][4]

After returning to Denmark, Bohr qualified as a lawyer in 1949. He married Else Richter, a fellow lawyer, on 7 January 1950.[5] Bohr was Chairman of the Board of joint stock companies Wiltax, Slagelse Dampmølle, and Øxenbjerg Dampmølle og Toldbodmøl, and a board member of A/S Møller & Landschultz and Juliet Fond.[5]

Olympic Results[edit]

Men's Hockey - Group C, London 1948
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pakistan Netherlands Belgium France Denmark
1.  Pakistan (PAK) 4 4 0 0 20 3 8 X 6:1 2:1 3:1 9:0
2.  Netherlands (NED) 4 3 0 1 11 8 6 1:6 X 4:1 2:0 4:1
3.  Belgium (BEL) 4 2 0 2 6 8 4 1:2 1:4 X 2:1 2:1
4.  France (FRA) 4 0 1 3 4 9 1 1:3 0:2 1:2 X 2:2
5.  Denmark (DEN) 4 0 1 3 4 17 1 0:9 1:4 1:2 2:2 X

Source: The Official Report of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad [6]
Key: Pld - Played W - won D - drew L - lost GF - goals for GA - goals against Pts - points

Men's Hockey - Ernest Bohr, London 1948
Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result GP G
1948 Summer 24 London Hockey Denmark DEN Final Standings 13 31 July 1948 2 0
1948 Summer 24 London Hockey Denmark DEN Group C Match #5 2 3 August 1948 PAK 9, DEN 0
1948 Summer 24 London Hockey Denmark DEN Group C Match #8 2 5 August 1948 BEL 2, DEN 1

Source: Ernest Bohr Biography and Olympic results [1]
Key: GP - games played G - goals


  1. ^ a b c d "Ernest Bohr Biography and Olympic Results - Olympics". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Pais 1991, p. 249.
  3. ^ Rhodes 1986, pp. 482-483.
  4. ^ London 1948, pp. 406-411.
  5. ^ a b "Bohr, Ernest". Kraks Blå Bog (in Danish). Krak. 1974. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  6. ^ London 1948, p. 409.