In September 1665 he travelled south via Bordeaux to Montpellier, to visit the famous protestant university where he met leading English scientists.

Early life

Niels Steensen was born in Copenhagen on January 1, 1638 (Julian calendar) to goldsmith Steen Pedersen and his wife Anne Nielsdatter. We have no reliable knowledge regarding Niels Steensen’s mother’s family, but do know something about his father’s family: They were…