Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters seal.svg
The building on H.C. Andersens Boulevard.
Formation13 November 1742; 278 years ago (1742-11-13)
FoundersJohan Ludvig Holstein
Hans Gram
Erik Pontoppidan
Henrik Hielmstierne
Legal statusAcademy
PurposeThe advancement of science
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
Mogens Høgh Jensen

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (Danish: Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab) is a Danish non-governmental national academy for the advancement of science that was founded in 1742. It is based in the Carlsberg Foundation's building at the corner of H. C. Andersens Boulevard and Dantes Plads in central Copenhagen.


Krøyer's painting in the Old Meeting Hall.

The society was founded on 13 November 1742 by permission of King Christian VI, as a historical collegium antiquitatum. It was founded by secretary of state Count Johan Ludvig Holstein, and the history professor Hans Gram.[citation needed]


The plans and the elevation of the building

The building at H. C. Andersens Boulevard 35 was designed by Vilhelm Petersen in a Neoclassical style. It was constructed by master mason Christian Wilhelm Rask Licht's company C. Licht.

The Carlsberg Foundation is based in the ground floor while the Royal Academy has the three upper floors. The first floor contains the old meeting hall, where the academy holds their meetings. It is decorated with a large oil painting by Peder Severin Krøyer depicting A meeting in the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. There is also a library and rooms for researchers. The second floor contain the academy's secretariate and archives as the president's, general secretary's and editor's offices. The third floor now contains the new meeting room. It was created in the former attic and book storage in connection with an adaption of the building in 1976. Since 2009, it has access to a roof terrace.[1]


Members of the academy are researchers from nearly all fields of science. The academy has approximately 250 national and 260 foreign members. In 2011 the division The Young Academy was added, which currently counts 40 young researchers as members.[2]


  1. ^ "Domicile". Carlsberg Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  2. ^ "DUA" (in Danish). DUA. Retrieved 2017-09-22.

Further reading[edit]

  • Olaf Pedersen, Lovers of Learning - A History of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters 1742-1992, Munksgaard, 1992. ISBN 87-7304-236-6.

External links[edit]