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Kirstine Bjerrum Meyer
was a Danish physicist
A physicist is a scientist who studies or practices physics. Physicists study a wide range of physical phenomena in many branches of physics spanning all length scales: from sub-atomic particles of which all ordinary matter is made to the behavior of the material Universe as a whole...
. She was a high school teacher for many years, working on her education and research in physics
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at the same time. She won the Gold Medal of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters in 1899, for a paper examining whether there exists a general equation of state for all fluid bodies, Om overensstemmende Tilstande hos Stofferne
. She received her Ph.D in physics from the University of Copenhagen
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in 1909, becoming the first Danish woman to earn a doctorate in natural sciences. Her dissertation, Temperaturbegrebets Udvikling gennem Tiderne
(The Development of the Temperature Concept through Time), was an in-depth treatment of the history of the concept of temperature
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In 1902, Meyer founded Fysisk Tidsskrift
, the Danish journal of physics. She was its editor until 1913.
In 1925, she was awarded the Tagea Brandt Rejselegat
The Tagea Brandt Rejselegat is awarded annually, on the 17 March.The scholarship was created and endowed by Danish industrialist Vilhelm Brandt in honor of his wife, Tagea...
She was sister of Jannik Petersen Bjerrum (source).