# Niels Bohr

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Niels Bohr
Niels Bohr

Born Niels Henrik David Bohr
7 October 1885
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 18 November 1962 (aged 77)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Fields Physics
Institutions University of Copenhagen
University of Cambridge
University of Manchester
Alma mater University of Copenhagen
Ernest Rutherford
Doctoral students Hendrik Anthony Kramers
Known for Copenhagen interpretation
Complementarity
Bohr model
Sommerfeld–Bohr theory
BKS theory
Bohr-Einstein debates
Bohr magneton
Influences Ernest Rutherford
Influenced Werner Heisenberg
Wolfgang Pauli
Paul Dirac
Lise Meitner
Max Delbrück
and many others
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physics (1922)
Franklin Medal (1926)
Signature

Niels Henrik David Bohr (Danish pronunciation: [ni:ls ˈboɐ̯ˀ]; 7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.[1] Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen. He was part of a team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. Bohr married Margrethe Nørlund in 1912, and one of their sons, Aage Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who in 1975 also received the Nobel Prize. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.[2]

## Biography

### Early years

Bohr was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1885. His father, Christian Bohr, was professor of physiology at the University of Copenhagen (it is his name which is given to the Bohr shift or Bohr effect), while his mother, Ellen Adler Bohr, came from a wealthy Jewish family prominent in Danish banking and parliamentary circles. His brother was Harald Bohr, a mathematician and Olympic footballer who played on the Danish national team. Niels Bohr was a passionate footballer as well, and the two brothers played a number of matches for the Copenhagen-based Akademisk Boldklub, with Niels in goal.[3][4]

Niels Bohr as a young man. Exact date of photo unknown.

In 1903 Bohr enrolled as an undergraduate at Copenhagen University, initially studying philosophy and mathematics. In 1905, prompted by a gold medal competition sponsored by the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, he conducted a series of experiments to examine the properties of surface tension, using his father's laboratory in the university, familiar to him from assisting there since childhood. His essay won the prize, and it was this success that decided Bohr to abandon philosophy and adopt physics.[5] He continued as a graduate student at the University of Copenhagen, under the physicist Christian Christiansen, receiving his doctorate in 1911.

As a post-doctoral student, Bohr first conducted experiments under J. J. Thomson, of Trinity College, Cambridge and Cavendish Laboratory. In 1912 he met and later joined Ernest Rutherford at Manchester University, where on and off he spent four fruitful years in association with the older physics professor. In 1916, Bohr returned permanently to the University of Copenhagen, where he was appointed to the Chair of Theoretical Physics, a position created especially for him. In 1918 he began efforts to establish the University Institute of Theoretical Physics, which he later directed.

Earlier in 1910 Bohr had met Margrethe Nørlund, sister of the mathematician Niels Erik Nørlund.[6] They were married in Copenhagen in 1912.[7] Of their six sons, the oldest died in a boating accident and another died from childhood meningitis. 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 Henrik, a physician, Erik, a chemical engineer, and Ernest, a lawyer.[8]

### Physics

In 1922, Bohr was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics "for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them."[9] The award recognized his early leading work in the emerging field of Quantum Mechanics.

While at Manchester University, Bohr had adapted Rutherford's nuclear structure to Max Planck's quantum theory and so obtained a model of atomic structure which, with later improvements – mainly as a result of Heisenberg's concepts – remains valid to this day. Bohr published his model of atomic structure in 1913.[10] Here he introduced the theory of electrons traveling in orbits around the atom's nucleus, the chemical properties of each element being largely determined by the number of electrons in the outer orbits of its atoms.[11] Bohr also introduced the idea that an electron could drop from a higher-energy orbit to a lower one, in the process emitting a photon (light quantum) of discrete energy. This became a basis for quantum theory.[12]

Among the international community of nuclear physicists, Bohr came to play the role of convener of discussion groups and lectures, as well as being a mentor and an advisor. With the assistance of the Danish government and the Carlsberg Foundation, he succeeded in founding the Institute of Theoretical Physics in 1921, of which he became director.[13] Bohr's institute served as a focal point for researchers into Quantum Mechanics and related subjects in the 1920s and '30s, when most of the world's best known theoretical physicists spent some time in his company. Bohr became widely appreciated as their congenial host and eminent colleague, both at the Institute and at the Foundation's mansion in Carlsberg, where he and his family resided after 1932.[14]

Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein debating quantum theory. Picture taken by Paul Ehrenfest at his home in Leiden (December 1925).

Bohr also conceived the principle of complementarity: that items could be separately analyzed as having several contradictory properties. For example, physicists currently conclude that light behaves either as a wave or a stream of particles depending on the experimental framework – two apparently mutually exclusive properties – on the basis of this principle.[15] Bohr found philosophical applications for this daring principle.[specify] Albert Einstein much preferred the determinism of classical physics over the probabilistic new quantum physics (to which among many others Einstein himself had 'unwittingly' contributed). Philosophical issues that arose from the novel aspects of Quantum Mechanics became widely celebrated subjects of discussion. Einstein and Bohr had good-natured arguments over such issues throughout their lives.[16] See article Bohr–Einstein debates.

Werner Heisenberg worked as an assistant to Bohr and university lecturer in Copenhagen from 1926 to 1927. It was in Copenhagen, in 1927, that Heisenberg developed his uncertainty principle, while working on the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg later became head of the German nuclear energy project. In April 1940, early in World War II, Germany invaded and occupied Denmark. In September 1941, Bohr was visited by Heisenberg in Copenhagen.[17] See section below.

### Manhattan Project

In September 1943, reliable word reached Bohr about his imminent arrest by the German police; the Danish resistance quickly managed to help Bohr and his wife escape by sea to Sweden. Soon after, Bohr was flown in a military aircraft to Britain. There he was introduced to the then-secret atomic bomb project (see Political Activities section below for greater detail). Eventually he was directed to the project's principal location in the United States of America.[18]

Bohr worked on the Manhattan Project at the top-secret Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico, where he was known by the name of Nicholas Baker for security reasons.[19] His role on the project was as the knowledgeable consultant or "father confessor". He often expressed social concern about such weaponry and an eventual nuclear arms race, and is quoted as saying, "That is why I went to America. They didn't need my help in making the atom bomb."[20]

Bohr believed that atomic secrets should be shared by the international scientific community. After meeting with Bohr, J. Robert Oppenheimer suggested that Bohr visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt to convince him that the Manhattan Project should be shared with the Russians in the hope of speeding up its results. Roosevelt suggested that Bohr return to the United Kingdom to try to win British approval. Winston Churchill disagreed with the idea of openness towards the Russians to the point that he wrote in a letter: "It seems to me Bohr ought to be confined or at any rate made to see that he is very near the edge of mortal crimes."[21]

Coat of arms

### Later years

Following the war Bohr returned to Copenhagen. He continued to advocate the peaceful use of nuclear energy. When awarded the Order of the Elephant by the Danish government, he designed his own coat of arms which featured a taijitu (symbol of yin and yang) and the motto in Latin: contraria sunt complementa: "opposites are complementary".[22] He died in Copenhagen in 1962 of heart failure.[23] He is buried in the Assistens Kirkegård in the Nørrebro section of Copenhagen.

## Political activity

### Denmark during World War II

As regards the Occupation of Denmark during World War II, and especially the events surrounding the Danish policy of cooperation with Nazi Germany and the treatment of Danish Jews, most Danish archives remained sealed until 1998, many remain sealed to this day, and opinions of Danish historical scholars and politicians on these dark topics remain deeply divided.[25] So too, scholarly opinions remain divided on the importance of the political activities of Niels Bohr during this period. All sources agree that almost as soon as Hitler had taken power in Germany, Bohr played an active role in rescuing Jewish physicists out of Germany, typically offering them haven in Copenhagen before they could take up permanent residence elsewhere.[a] As for Sweden during World War II and especially in the autumn of 1943, it was far from certain that they would accept Danish Jews attempting to escape Hitler's deportation order. As related by Bohr's friend Stefan Rozental[26] and the historian Richard Rhodes,[27] Bohr was immediately smuggled out of Denmark in order to secure his services for the Manhattan project. But rather than proceeding promptly to the United States, as had been planned for him, on 30 September 1943 Bohr persuaded King Gustav of Sweden to make public Sweden's willingness to provide asylum, on 2 October 1943 Swedish radio broadcast that Sweden was ready to offer asylum, and there followed quickly thereafter the mass rescue of the Danish Jews by their countrymen. Historians are divided not on Bohr's political actions in Sweden, but rather on the implications and impacts of those actions. Some argue that Bohr was among those rescued and therefore could have played no role in facilitating the mass rescue, whereas Rhodes[27] and others[a] interpret Bohr's political action in Sweden as being a decisive event without which that mass rescue could not have occurred. Whether or not the mass rescue could have happened without Bohr's political activity in Sweden, there is no doubt that he did all that he could for his countrymen.

### Nuclear weapons

"Tube Alloys" was the code-name for the British nuclear weapon program. British intelligence inquired about Bohr's availability for work or insights of particular value. Bohr's reply made it clear that he could not help. This reply, like his reaction to Heisenberg, made sure that if Gestapo intercepted anything attributed to Bohr it would point to no knowledge regarding nuclear energy as it stood in 1941. This does not exclude the possibility that Bohr privately made calculations going further than his work in 1939 with Wheeler.

The allied powers learned in 1944 that Germany had no atomic weapons. Bohr hoped then that greater atomic armament could be prevented by some new international agreements, before the weapons were used in the war. He also hoped that new contacts could be established between the Western and Russian nuclear scientists, as signs of cooperation between the soon-to-be victorious powers in the war. Bohr's friend Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter informed President Roosevelt about Bohr's opinions, and a meeting between them was organised 26 August 1944. President Roosevelt, however, did not agree with Bohr.[20] The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill also refused, after a meeting with Bohr 16 May 1944. He disagreed with the idea of any openness towards the Russians to the point that he wrote in a letter: "It seems to me Bohr ought to be confined or at any rate made to see, that he is very near the edge of mortal crimes."[28]

After leaving Denmark in the dramatic day and night (October 1943) when most Jews were able to escape to Sweden due to exceptional circumstances (see Rescue of the Danish Jews), Bohr was quickly asked again to join the British effort and he was flown to the UK. He was evacuated from Stockholm in 1943 in an unarmed De Havilland Mosquito operated by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Passengers on BOAC's Mosquitos were carried in an improvised cabin in the bomb bay. The flight almost ended in tragedy as Bohr did not don his oxygen equipment as instructed and passed out at high altitude. He would have died had not the pilot surmising from Bohr's lack of response to intercom communication that he had lost consciousness, descended to a lower altitude for the remainder of the flight. Bohr's comment was that he had slept like a baby for the entire flight.

As part of the UK team on "Tube Alloys" Bohr went to Los Alamos. Oppenheimer credited Bohr warmly for his guiding help during certain discussions among scientists there. Discreetly, he met President Franklin D. Roosevelt and later Winston Churchill to warn against the perilous perspectives that would follow from separate development of nuclear weapons by several powers rather than some form of controlled sharing of the knowledge, which would spread quickly in any case. Only in the 1950s, after the Soviet Union's first nuclear weapon test, was it possible to create the International Atomic Energy Agency along the lines of Bohr's suggestion.

### Open World

Bohr advocated informing the Soviet authorities that the atomic bomb would soon be in use. In 1944 he obtained an audience with Winston Churchill, who became worried about whether Bohr was a security risk.[29] In 1950 he addressed an 'Open Letter' to the United Nations.[30]

## Bohr and Heisenberg

### Relationship

Bohr and Werner Heisenberg enjoyed at first a strong relationship. It began as one between a mentor and his protégé. Bohr had become aware of Heisenberg's talent during a lecture Heisenberg gave in Göttingen in 1922. During the mid-1920s, Heisenberg worked with Bohr at the institute in Copenhagen. Heisenberg, like most of Bohr's assistants, learned Danish. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle was developed during this period, as was Bohr's complementarity principle.

During the 1930s, however, the relationship became constricted due to political developments in Germany. During the World War II, Bohr, who was of half-Jewish ancestry, remained for several years in occupied Denmark. Heisenberg in Germany had become head of the German nuclear effort. Heisenberg made a famous visit to Bohr in September 1941. During a private moment outside with Bohr, Heisenberg it seems began to address nuclear energy and morality as well as the war. Neither Bohr nor Heisenberg spoke about it in any detail and left few written records of this part of the meeting, when they were alone.[31] Bohr seems to have reacted by terminating that conversation abruptly while not giving Heisenberg hints in any direction.

While some suggest that the relationship became strained at this meeting, other evidence shows that the level of contact had been reduced considerably for some time already. Heisenberg suggested that the fracture occurred later. In correspondence to his wife, Heisenberg described the final visit of the trip: "Today I was once more, with Weizsäcker, at Bohr's. In many ways this was especially nice, the conversation revolved for a large part of the evening around purely human concerns, Bohr was reading aloud, I played a Mozart Sonata (A-Major)."[32] Ivan Supek, one of Heisenberg's students and friends, claimed that the main figure of the meeting was actually Weizsäcker who tried to persuade Bohr to mediate peace between Great Britain and Germany.[33]

### Speculation

In 1957, while the author Robert Jungk was working on the book Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (see letter page 100 in this book), Heisenberg wrote to Jungk explaining that he had visited Copenhagen to communicate to Bohr the views of the German scientists, that production of an atomic weapon was possible with great efforts and this raised enormous responsibilities on the worlds scientists on either side. But Bohr was shocked by the news, that Heisenberg was involved in such studies. And the conversation went wrong because of this. The German attempts were mostly focused on energy production and Heisenberg's circle of colleagues tried probably to keep it that way.[34] Heisenberg acknowledged that his cryptic approach of the subject had so alarmed Bohr that the discussion failed. Heisenberg nuanced his claims and avoided the implication that he and his colleagues had sabotaged the bomb effort. The production of the bomb in USA showed that it craved enormous resources, which was never considered in this scale in Germany during the war.

When Bohr saw Jungk's erroneous depiction in the Danish translation of the book, he disagreed. He drafted (but never sent) a letter to Heisenberg, stating that he never understood the purpose of Heisenberg's visit, and was shocked by Heisenberg's opinion that Germany would win the war. And atomic weapons could be decisive in a long war. Bohr had described the possibility of an atomic weapon in a lecture in England 1939.[35]

Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen (1998), which was performed in London (for five years), Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Rome, Athens, Geneva and on Broadway in New York, explores what might have happened at the 1941 meeting between Heisenberg and Bohr. Frayn points in particular to the onus of being one of the few to understand what it would mean to create a nuclear weapon.

## Kierkegaard's influence on Bohr

It is generally accepted that Bohr read the 19th century Danish Christian existentialist philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard. Richard Rhodes argues in The Making of the Atomic Bomb[36] that Bohr was influenced by Kierkegaard via the philosopher Harald Høffding, who was strongly influenced by Kierkegaard and who was an old friend of Bohr's father. In 1909, Bohr sent his brother Kierkegaard's Stages on Life's Way as a birthday gift. In the enclosed letter, Bohr wrote, "It is the only thing I have to send home; but I do not believe that it would be very easy to find anything better.... I even think it is one of the most delightful things I have ever read." Bohr enjoyed Kierkegaard's language and literary style, but mentioned that he had some "disagreement with [Kierkegaard's ideas]."[37]

Given this, there has been some dispute over whether Kierkegaard influenced Bohr's philosophy and science. David Favrholdt[38] argues that Kierkegaard had minimal influence over Bohr's work, taking Bohr's statement about disagreeing with Kierkegaard at face value; while Jan Faye[39] endorses the opposing point of view by arguing that one can disagree with the content of a theory while accepting its general premises and structure.[40]

## Legacy

The Bohr family grave in Assistens kirkegård in Copenhangen, where visitors have begun putting pairs of dice on the base of the monument, presumably with refence to the Bohr–Einstein debates.
• He was one of the founding fathers of CERN in 1954.[41]
• Received the first ever Atoms for Peace Award in 1957.
• In 1965, three years after Bohr's death, the Institute of Physics at the University of Copenhagen changed its name to the Niels Bohr Institute.
• The Bohr models semicentennial was commemorated in Denmark on 21 November 1963 with a postage stamp depicting Bohr, the hydrogen atom and the formula for the difference of any two hydrogen energy levels: $h\nu = \epsilon_{2} - \epsilon_{1}\,$.
• Bohrium (a chemical element, atomic number 107) is named in honour of Bohr.
• Hafnium, another chemical element, whose properties were predicted by Bohr, was named by him after Hafnia, Copenhagen's Latin name.
• Asteroid 3948 Bohr is named after him.
• The Centennial of Bohr's birth was commemorated in Denmark on 3 October 1985 with a postage stamp depicting Bohr with his wife Margrethe.
• In 1997 the Danish National Bank started circulating the 500-krone banknote with the portrait of Bohr smoking a pipe.[42]

## Reference notes

1. ^ Cockcroft, J. D. (1963). "Niels Henrik David Bohr. 1885-1962". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 9: 36–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1963.0002.  edit
2. ^ Murdoch 2000, p. 26.
3. ^ There is, however, no truth in the oft-repeated claim that Niels Bohr emulated his brother Harald by playing for the Danish national team. Dart, James (27 July 2005). "Bohr's footballing career". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 26 June 2011.
4. ^ Niels Bohr's son Ernest Bohr was a 1948 Olympic field hockey player.
5. ^ Rhodes 1986, pp. 62–63.
6. ^ Pais 1991, p. 112.
7. ^ French and Kennedy, editors, Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (Harvard University 1985) at 6–7, at 197.
8. ^ "Niels Bohr – Biography". Nobelprize.org. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
9. ^ Cf., Niels Bohr, "Nobel Prize Lecture: The Structure of the Atom" (Stockholm, 11 December 1922), reprinted at 91–97, in Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (1985).
10. ^ Niels Bohr, "On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules" in Philosophical Magazine 26: 1–25, 476–502, 857–875 (1913).
11. ^ Helge Kragh, "The Theory of the Periodic System" at 50–67, in Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (Harvard University 1985), edited by A. P. French and P. J. Kennedy. Here also, "Works by Niels Bohr" at 385–391.
12. ^ Cf., John L. Heilbron, "Bohr's First Theories of the Atom" 33–49, at 39–47, in Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (1985).
13. ^ Aaserud, Finn. "History of the institute: The establishment of an institute". Niels Bohr Institute. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
14. ^ Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (1985) at 9, 12, 13, 15, 71–73.
15. ^ Edward MacKinnon, "Bohr on the Foundations of Quantum Theory" in Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (1985), 101–120. "Shortly before his death [Bohr] complained that no professional philosopher had ever understood his doctrine of complementarity." Ibid. at 101; cf., 112–113.
16. ^ Niels Bohr, "Discussion with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in Atomic Physics", 199–142, in Albert Einstein. Philosopher-Scientist ([1949]; New York: MJF Books, 3d 1969), edited by P. A. Schilpp; reprinted in Niels Bohr, Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge (1968), and in Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (1985).
17. ^ Matthias Dőrries, editor, Michael Frayn's Copenhagen in Debate. Historical Essays and Documents on the 1941 Meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg (Berkeley: University of California 2005).
18. ^ French and Kennedy, editors, Niels Bohr. A centenary volume (1985) at 280, 282.
19. ^ Pais 1991, p. 496.
20. ^ a b Long, Doug. "Niels Bohr – The Atomic Bomb and beyond". Hiroshima – was it necessary?. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
21. ^ Rhodes 1986, pp. 528–538.
22. ^ "Bohr crest". University of Copenhagen. 17 October 1947. Retrieved 16 March 2007.
23. ^ Pais 1991, p. 529.
24. ^ Rhodes 1986, pp. 282–288.
25. ^ Vilhjálmsson & Blüdnikow 2006.
26. ^ Rozental 1967, p. 168.
27. ^ a b Rhodes 1986, pp. 483–484.
28. ^ Niels Bohr’s mission for an ‘open world’. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
29. ^ Aaserud 2006, pp. 707–708.
30. ^ Aaserud 2006, pp. 708–709.
Bohr, Niels (9 June 1950). "To the United Nations (open letter)". Impact of Science on Society I (2): [page needed]. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
Bohr, Niels (July 1950). "For An Open World". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 6 (7): 213–219. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
31. ^ Heisenberg, Elisabeth (1984). Inner Exile: Recollections of a Life With Werner Heisenberg. Boston MA: Birkhauser. p. 77 et seq. ISBN 0817631461.
32. ^ Heisenberg, Werner. "Letter from Werner Heisenberg to his wife Elisabeth written during his 1941 visit in Copenhagen". Heisenberg, Jochen. Retrieved 21 December 2006.
33. ^ Portal Jutarnji.hr (19 March 2006). "Moj život s nobelovcima 20. stoljeća [My Life with the 20th century Nobel Prizewinners]" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 13 August 2007. "Istinu sam saznao od Margrethe, Bohrove supruge. ... Ni Heisenberg ni Bohr nisu bili glavni junaci toga susreta nego Carl Friedrich von Weizsaecker. ... Von Weizsaeckerova ideja, za koju mislim da je bila zamisao njegova oca koji je bio Ribbentropov zamjenik, bila je nagovoriti Nielsa Bohra da posreduje za mir između Velike Britanije i Njemačke. [I learned the truth from Margrethe, Bohr's wife. ... Neither Bohr nor Heisenberg were the main characters of this encounter, but Carl Friedrich von Weizsaecker. Von Weizsaecker's idea, which I think was the brainchild of his father who was Ribbentrop's deputy, was to persuade Niels Bohr to mediate for peace between Great Britain and Germany.]"  An interview with Ivan Supek relating to the 1941 Bohr – Heisenberg meeting.
34. ^ Heisenberg, Werner. "Letter From Werner Heisenberg to Author Robert Jungk". The Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Association, Inc.. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2006.
35. ^ Aaserud, Finn (6 February 2002). "Release of documents relating to 1941 Bohr-Heisenberg meeting". Niels Bohr Archive. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
36. ^ Rhodes 1986, p. [page needed].
37. ^ Register, Bryan (1 December 1997). "Complementarity: Content, Context and Critique". Retrieved 21 December 2006.
38. ^ Favrholdt 1992, pp. 42–63.
39. ^ Faye 1991.
40. ^ Richardson & Wildman 1996, p. 289.
41. ^ CERN History
42. ^ The coins and banknotes of Denmark. Danmarks Nationalbank. 2005. pp. 20–21. ISBN 87-87251-55-8. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
"500-krone banknote, 1997 series". Danmarks Nationalbank. Retrieved 7 September 2010.

## Bibliography

### Books cited

• Aaserud, Finn (2006). "Niels Bohr's mission for an 'open world'". In Kokowski, M.. Proceedings of the 2nd ICESHS. pp. 706–709. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
• Favrholdt, David (1992). Niels Bohr’s Philosophical Background. Copenhagen: Munksgaard. ISBN 8773042285.
• Faye, Jan (1991). Niels Bohr: His Heritage and Legacy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 9780792312949.
• Murdoch, Dugald (2000). "Bohr". In Newton-Smith, N. H.. A Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-23020-3. OCLC 490802454.
• Pais, Abraham (1991). Niels Bohr's Times, In Physics, Philosophy and Polity. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-852049-2.
• Rhodes, Richard (1986). The Making of the Atomic Bomb. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-44133-7.
• Richardson, W. Mark; Wildman, Wesley J., eds (1996). Religion & Science: History, Method, Dialogue. London, New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415916674.
• Rozental, Stefan (1967). Niels Bohr: His life and work as seen by his friends and colleagues. Amsterdam: North-Holland. Previously published by John Wiley & Sons in 1964.
• Vilhjálmsson, Vilhjálmur Örn; Blüdnikow, Bent (2006). "Rescue, Expulsion, and Collaboration: Denmark's Difficulties with its World War II Past". Jewish Political Studies Review 18: 3–4. ISSN 0792-335X. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
• Niels Bohr: A Centenary Volume, edited by A. P French and P.J. Kennedy (Harvard University 1985).

### Political sources

1. ^ a b Each of these sources describe the political activity of Bohr before and during the Nazi era and his activities during the Rescue of the Danish Jews. Each is accessible on Google books.
• "Niels Bohr: collected works. The political arena (1934–1961)", page 14, Niels Bohr, Léon Rosenfeld, Finn Aaserud, Elsevier, 2005.
• Rhodes 1986, pp. 483–484.
• "Darkness over Denmark: the Danish resistance and the rescue of the Jews." Ellen Levine, Holiday House, 2000.
• "The Rescue of the Danish Jews: moral courage under stress." page 10, Leo Goldberger, NYU Press, 1987.
• "Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World", Trevor Paglen, Penguin, Penguin, 2010.
• "The destruction of the European Jews." Volume 2, page 596, Raul Hilberg, Yale University Press, 2003.
• "The Holocaust: A History of Courage and Resistance." page 136, Bea Stadtler, Morrison David Beal, David Stone Martin, Behrman House, Inc, 1995.
• "Resistance fighter: a personal history of the Danish resistance." Pages 91–93, Jørgen Kieler, Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2007
• Rozental 1967, p. 168.
• "Heisenberg's war: the secret history of the German bomb." page 235, Thomas Powers, Da Capo Press, 2000.

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