Niels Ryberg Finsen

Faroese physician and scientist of Icelandic descent

Niels Ryberg Finsen (December 15, 1860 – September 24, 1904) was an Icelandic-Faroese doctor.[1] He won the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for treating lupus vulgaris (tuberculosis of the skin), with light radiation.[2]

Niels Ryberg Finsen
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BornDecember 15, 1860
DiedSeptember 24, 1904
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen
Known forUsing light radiation
AwardsNobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1903)
Scientific career
InstitutionsFinsen Medical Light Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark


  1. "Biography of Niels Ryberg Finsen". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1903". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2007-07-28.