Memento mori

Memento mori

The image of the child Niels talking with and observing the craftsmen in the hustle-bustle his father’s workshop is one of tranquility and security, but it is worth remembering that  life was hard in the 17th century. Niels Steensen lost his half-sister Lisbeth in 1644, his…

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…

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….