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Google doodles physicist Niels Bohr's 127th birthday

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First published: October 7, 2012, 6:35 AM IST | Updated: October 7, 2012
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Google doodles physicist Niels Bohr's 127th birthday
Niels Bohr was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1922 for his depiction of the structure of atoms.

New Delhi: Niels Bohr was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1922 "for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them". October 7 is his birthday and on the occasion of the Danish physicist's 127th birth anniversary Google has posted a doodle on its home page. Niels Henrik David Bohr was born in Copenhagen on October 7, 1885. His father, Christian Bohr was a Professor of Physiology at Copenhagen University.

During World War II Bohr, fearing arrest by the Germans, escaped to Britain from where he went to the US to work on the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. The Manhattan Project lead to the development of the first atom bomb.

The Niels Bohr 127th birthday Google doodle showcases his contributions to science and shows the Bohr atomic model. This model introduced by Bohr in 1913, was a radical departure from earlier descriptions of the atom and showed the atom as one with a small nucleus surrounded by electrons that travel in circular orbits in a structure similar to the solar system, with electrostatic forces providing attraction, not gravity.

Niels Bohr died in Copenhagen on November 18, 1962. His son, Aage Bohr, was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1975.

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