| 1777–94 | 1777–94 A Childhood without Playing

Dan C. Christensen

in Hans Christian Ørsted

Published in print May 2013 | ISBN: 9780199669264
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748745 | DOI:
| 1777–94 | 1777–94 A Childhood without Playing

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This chapter is a narrative of his childhood in the provincial town of Rudkøbing, where his family owned a small pharmacy. He was educated together with his brother by a German wigmaker to become bilingual. The family history and pedigree are outlined, and the spirit of solidarity within his extended family is explained. Early signs of personal ambition are expounded.

Keywords: childhood; education; ambition; chemistry instruction by his father; the pharmacist; family solidarity and visits

Chapter.  4083 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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