Why this physicist had his Nobel Prize created twice

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A Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award a scientist can receive. It shows that the recipient has led great research into the unknowns of the world. Some incredible people have had the honor of receiving more than one Nobel Prize. Rarer, however, is the occasion when a Nobel Prize needs to be made twice, such as in the case of Niels Bohr (a fellow Dane!)

Niehls Bohr was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1922. He lived in Denmark — specifically Copenhagen — and thought he 1930s he and many others helped refugees fleeing persecutions during the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany. He offered financial support, refuge, and temporary jobs to a number of high-profile scientists escaping Germany and found them places to move to in other parts of the world. After Germany occupied Denmark in 1940, word reached Bohr that he was to be arrested, so he fled to Sweden.

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Today, you can go to parts of Copenhagen, where I used to live, and there are scrapes into the wall of swastikas and German writing where guards used to stand. They would be bored and etched into the wall with a knife. 

Before Niehls Bohr absconded, he instructed his friend George de Hevesy to so dissolve his Nobel Prize, along with those of several scientists who had fled Germany, in a mixture of nitric and hydrochloride acid to hide them from the Nazis. The bottle of liquid sat on a shelf in the Theoretical Research Institute of Copenhagen until after the war, when it was retrieved and the metal was extracted before being recast into Nobel Pries once more.

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Niehls Bohr was awarded his Nobel Prize for his planetary model of the atom showing electrons orbiting a central nucleus, which is the one still used today. He also used this model to explain the kinds of radiation atoms give off, and how that radiation can be used as a chemical fingerprint for detecting what elements are in a material. 

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