Sunday's Google Doodle celebrates the 127th birthday of Niels Bohr, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who revolutionized our understanding of the structure of atoms.
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The Google Doodle shows off the atomic model that Bohr came up with in 1913. Bohr was the first to incorporate quantum physics into our understanding of atoms by putting forth the notion that electrons orbit around the nucleus of an atom.
Bohr was born in Copenhagen in 1885 and went on to win the Nobel Prize for his work in 1922. After World War II broke out, Bohr fled Denmark and eventually ended up in the United States where he and his son worked on the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the atomic bomb. While he may be associated with the bomb, the Nobel Prize committee points out in their biography of him online that Bohr devoted much of his later years to the "peaceful application of atomic physics and to political problems arising from the development of atomic weapons."
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Bohr is now widely viewed as one of the leading physicists of the 20th century.
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Each package gets larger with a mouse-over, and a click on it returns search results pertinent to a specific country or the particular items featured in a scene. This one is from December 24, 2010.
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