Conversion

Conversion

By Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen It is not clear when exactly Niels Steensen became interested in Catholicism. Most likely his interest began during his stay in Paris 1665-65, where we know that he discussed religion with several people. A decisive moment occurred…

Anatomy, geology and theology

Anatomy, geology and theology

By Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen Steensen’s conversion made a return to his home country impossible, and until 1672 he continued doing research in the service of the grand duke of Tuscany. A shark’s head which the grand duke gave him  provided the…

The final years

The final years

By Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen Two years after his ordination Niels Steensen was consecrated a bishop and from 1677-80 worked as vicar apostolic at the court of duke Johann Friedrich of Hannover (1625-79). Although the country was protestant, duke Johann Friedrich—the brother…

Niels Stensen and geology 1 (paleontology, stratigraphy and crystallography)

Niels Stensen and geology 1 (paleontology, stratigraphy and crystallography)

by Elsebeth Thomsen An extraordinary career began when Niels Stensen, also known as Nicolaus Stenonis or Steno, was admitted in 1656 to the University of Copenhagen. He became a famous scientist, not only because of his many important discoveries in…