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Niels Ryberg Finsen M.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1903

Physician. Founder, phototherapy in dermatology. Lupus vulgaris treatment. Researched salt. Despite having Niemann-Pick disease, strong willed, persevering.

Denmark early education - Rector: "Niels is a very nice boy. His gifts are small; he’s devoid of energy." Cause: fagging for older pupils. Moved to Iceland school; succeeded despite not knowing language.

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Finsen Medical Light Institute, later Finsen Institute and now Finsen Laboratory, Copenhagen, Denmark conducts cancer research.

Finsen Medal and Lecture. International Union of Photobiology.


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Finsen stamp Faroe Islands


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Niels Ryberg Finsen Centenary Danish stamp. issued on August 1, 1960, Scott No. 377, Facit No. 410.


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Finsen stamp first day cover. Copenhagen,Denmark. August 1, 1960.


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Finsen stamp first day cover. Copenhagen,Denmark. August 1, 1960.


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Finsen stamp first day cover. Copenhagen, Denmark. August 1, 1960.


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Finsen stamp first day cover. Copenhagen,Denmark. August 1, 1960.


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Swedish stamp. Some 1903 Nobel Laureates: Svante Arrhenius for Chemistry, Niels Ryberg Finsen for Medicine and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson for Literature.

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Name:Niels Ryberg Finsen
Birth: 15 December 1860, Thorshavn, Faroe Islands (Denmark)
Death: 24 September 1904, Copenhagen, Denmark
Affiliation at the time of the award: Finsen Medical Light Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
Prize motivation "in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science"
Field: Dermatology, radiology
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