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Bengt Stromgren

Born: Jan 21, 1908

Death: Jul 4, 1987

Birthplace: Gothenburg

Nationality: Denmark

Bengt Stromgren

Date of Birth : Jan 21, 1908
Date of Death : Jul 4, 1987
Birth Place : Gothenburg

Bengt Georg Daniel Stromgren was a Danish astronomer and astrophysicist. Bengt Stromgren was born in Gothenburg. His parents were Hedvig Stromgren and Elis Stromgren, who was professor of astronomy at the University of Copenhagen and director of the University Observatory in Copenhagen. Bengt grew up in the professor's mansion surrounded with scientists, assistants, observers and guests. His father paced and promoted Bengt into a life with science, and Bengt's first paper was published already at the age of 14. He graduated from high school in 1925 and enrolled at the Copenhagen university. Only two years later, he graduated in astronomy and atomic physics, and during the following two years, he completed a doctoral degree, which was evaluated with the best marks in December 1929, when he was 21 years old. He gained a great deal of useful experience from his studies in theoretical physics at Niels Bohr's Institute close by, and he was at the right place at the right time. He soon found out that he intended to use the fresh theoretical framework of quantum physics in space, and investigate the applications of quantum mechanics in stars.

Also known as

  • Bengt Stromgren


  • Elis Strömgren

Awards Won

  • Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Bruce Medal
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