Bohr family

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The Bohr family is a Danish family of scientists, scholars and amateur sportsmen.

Its most famous members are:

Other members include:

Of Niels's sons, the oldest (also named Christian) died in a boating accident in young adulthood and another died from childhood meningitis.[1][2][3][4] The others went on to lead successful lives, including Aage Bohr, who became a very successful physicist and, like his father, was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1975. His other sons were Hans [da]; a physician, Erik [da]; a chemical engineer; and Ernest, a lawyer.[4]

Two of Aage's sons, Vilhelm and Tomas Bohr, are also academic researchers. Tomas is a Professor of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark, working in the area of fluid dynamics, whose work recently helped disprove a report that a macroscopic fluid dynamic system can exhibit quantum-like behavior.[5] His brother Vilhelm is a molecular biologist. Their two cousins, Jakob and Henrik Bohr, are also professors at the Technical University of Denmark. Jakob at DTU Nanotech, and Henrik also in the Physics Institute and Director of the Quantum Protein (QuP) Center.


Niels and Harald played as footballers, and the two brothers played a number of amateur matches for the Copenhagen-based Akademisk Boldklub, with Niels in goal and Harald in defence. Harald went to play for Denmark at the Olympics. There is, however, no truth in the oft-repeated claim that Niels emulated Harald by playing for the Danish national team.[6] Ernest was a 1948 Olympic field hockey player.[7]


  1. ^ NUCLEAR FAMILY: NIELS and MARGRETHE BOHR, pg 1. Accessed Mar 2013.
  2. ^ Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Simon and Schuster, 1986.
  3. ^ The Nobel Prize , Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.
  4. ^ a b "Niels Bohr – Biography". Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  5. ^ Wolchover, Natalie (11 October 2018). "Famous Experiment Dooms Alternative to Quantum Weirdness". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 17 October 2018. Oil droplets guided by “pilot waves” have failed to reproduce the results of the quantum double-slit experiment, crushing a century-old dream that there exists a single, concrete reality.
  6. ^ Dart, James (27 July 2005). "Bohr's footballing career". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  7. ^ Accessed 25 Jan 2013.

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