We know that all matter is made up of atoms. Unless we know how atoms function, we cannot go deeper into scientific possibilities. So understanding the structure of atoms is fundamental not only in chemistry, but also to almost every field of science and technology.
Niels Bohr was a Danish scientist who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1922 for his work on understanding the structure of atoms.
Wave, Particle...or both?
Bohr introduced the theory that electrons travel in an orbital path around the atom's nucleus. He also theorized that light could have properties of both a wave and a particle at the same time.
Thanks to his brilliant research on atomic structures, other scientists have developed theories about Quantum Mechanics that are now the foundations for our future technologies.
Niels Bohr lived an interesting life. He escaped being arrested by the German police and fled to Sweden. He then traveled to the United States where he worked at the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico.
International scientific cooperation
He believed the technology should be shared between nations within the international scientific community in order to speed up the results.
After World War II, Niels Bohr returned to Copenhagen and advocated for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Bohr died on November 18, 1962.