AUTHORAaserud, Finn
TITLENiels Bohr as Fund Raiser
PERIODICAL TITLEPhysics Today
DATE PUBLISHED1985
VOLUME NUMBER38
ISSUE NUMBER8 (October)
PAGE NUMBERS38-46
ISSN0031-9228


This article is about Niels Bohr’s talent for obtaining research funding, specifically his fundraising work for the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen during the 1930s. Also examined is Bohr’s work in finding and providing positions for displaced physicists after the social turmoil caused by the rise of European fascism and how his institute benefited from it. Finn Aaserud details the work Bohr did in negotiating with the Rockefeller and Carlsberg Foundations for the funding of a new high-voltage laboratory to conduct experimental work in nuclear physics. The author emphasizes that Bohr’s ability to attract financial support for his various research initiatives proved to be as vital to the continued success of the institute as his scientific expertise.


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