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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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Niels Ryberg Finsen. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Picture of Niels R. Finsen. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Niels R. Finsen and his family, circa 1900 before 1904. Author: Frederik Riise. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Niel Finsen. Source: Wellcome Trust/Wikimedia Commons.

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Finsen Institute in Denmark, ca. 1900. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Finsen Institute in Denmark, ca. 1900. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Painting of Niels Ryberg Finsen, ordered by the Museum of Frederiksborg short time after Finsen's death in 1904. The artist is C. Wentoft (1863-1914). Date: After 1904. Author: C. Wentoft (1863-1914). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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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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