Harald Wergeland
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Harald Wergeland
Wergeland 1963 in Copenhagen

Harald Nicolai Storm Wergeland (14 March 1912 - 25 January 1987) was a Norwegian physicist. He was a professor at the Norwegian Institute of Technology.

He was born in Norderhov as a son of forest manager Harald Nicolay Storm Wergeland (1884-1953) and Ebba Marie Weien (1889-1952). In 1937 he married Hedvig Louise Ording, a sister of Fredrik Ording.[1]

He finished his secondary education in 1931. He graduated as a chemical engineer from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1936 and earned the dr.philos. degree in 1942. He was briefly a teacher at Trondheim Commerce School before working as an assistant at the Norwegian Institute of Technology from 1939.[1]

Wergeland worked as a professor of physics from 1946 to 1979 at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, now the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Gløshaugen.[2][3] He also served as associate professor at Purdue University from 1948 to 1949.[1] Wergeland participated in the foundation of CERN and was a leading member of Pugwash in Norway.[2]

He served as praeses of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters from 1958 to 1965.[4] He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters from 1943, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters from 1964[1] and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[] He was decorated as a Knight, First Class of the Order of St. Olav in 1960 and received the Gunnerus Medal in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Steenstrup, Bjørn, ed. (1973). "Wergeland, Harald". Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. p. 586. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Harald Wergeland". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Hemmer, Per Chr. "Harald Wergeland". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Bratberg, Terje (1996). "Vitenskapsselskapet". In Arntzen, Jon Gunnar (ed.). Trondheim byleksikon. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. pp. 599-600. ISBN 82-573-0642-8.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thorolf Vogt
Praeses of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters
Succeeded by
Tord Godal

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