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21 August 2009

This picture of the mature Niels Steensen hangs
at the Medical Museion. Courtesy of the Medical
Museion, Copenhagen.

Klareboderne / Købmagergade 

birthplace of Niels Stensen

On the street Klareboderne, close to its intersection with Købmagergade, there is a plaque on the wall that commemorates the birthplace of Niels Steensen (or Stensen; in Latin, Steno):

HER FØDTES NIELS STENSEN 1638 1686 ANATOM GEOLOG BISKOP

(The birthplace of Niels Stensen, 1638-1686, anatomist geologist bishop)

Steensen made fundamental discoveries in anatomy: ‘‘Steno's duct,'' the excretory duct of the salivary glands, and in mineralogy ‘‘Steno's law,'' according to which the angles between crystal surfaces of a given species of mineral are characteristic constants independent of the crystal's size.

He is known as the father of geology and for having established the science of paleontology.

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