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Niels Bohr: Life Behind the Physics
Vilhelm A. bohr

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 AT 7:00 PM

Tickets to attend the lecture in person are sold out but watch the live webcast at 7:00 EDT                 

Niels Bohr was Nobel-winning physicist – a pioneer of quantum theory – but his influence extended far beyond his own research. He was a gifted teacher who established one of the 20th century’s most important centres for physics, and was instrumental in the development of physics worldwide. He became a statesman following the Second World War, calling for international cooperation to avoid nuclear conflict. Bohr’s legacy – in science, humanitarianism, and family – spans generations, as his grandson will illustrate during a special public lecture webcast at Perimeter Institute. Dr. Vilhelm Bohr, a researcher at the National Institute on Aging in Maryland and Chairman of the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen, will provide unique insights into his grandfather’s multifaceted personality, as well as the important influence of Niels Bohr’s father, wife, and brother. 

Vilhelm_A_BohrVilhelm Bohr was born in Copenhagen in 1950, a son of Aage Bohr and grandson of Niels Bohr. He earned his degree in Medicine at the University of Copenhagen in 1978, and later his PhD and Doctor of Science at the same university. After internship and clinical work at the University Hospital, Copenhagen, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen. From 1982 to 1986, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, California, and from 1986 to 1992 he was a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. Since 1992 he has been department chair at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, Baltimore, Maryland. He has published more than 500 original papers in biomedical research, mainly about genome stability and DNA repair, and has received several awards including honorary doctoral assignments. He is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the board of the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen and is currently its chair.  


Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Due to the overwhelming response to past lectures, tickets will be honoured until 6:45 pm only. If you have not arrived by 6:45 pm your reservation may be filled by guests in our waiting line, and you may be asked to join the end of the waiting line.


There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign and then participate in pre-lecture activities - no need to wait in line. An announcement will be made in the Bistro at 6:45pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Bistro when the waiting line announcement is made.


Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the licensed comfort of the Black Hole Bistro for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.


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