Continued studies in France and Italy

Continued studies in France and Italy

By Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen Niels Steensen’s first stop was Paris where he quickly became part of the circle around the prominent academician, Melchisédec Thévenot (1620-95). Steensen demonstrated his anatomical discoveries with great success in Paris, and while he was there the…

Studies abroad 1660-64

Studies abroad 1660-64

By Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen When the siege was lifted Niels Steensen went abroad to study in the Netherlands 1660-64.  Niels Steensen’s skill at dissecting, his anatomical observations, publications and scientific debate quickly earned him a name in the world of science….

The student

The student

By Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen When he left Vor Frue grammar school Niels Steensen studied medicine 1656-69 at the University of Copenhagen under the famous anatomist Thomas Bartholin (1616-80). Bartholin had published a widely-used handbook in anatomy, and was internationally renowned for…

Named in honour of Steno

Named in honour of Steno

By Elsebeth Thomsen When a new species of a living organism or a fossil is found it is described and named according to international rules. A name may be based on morphological characters, related to the locality where it was…