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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1818–19 | 1818–19 Shadows of Death

| 1818–19 | 1818–19 Shadows of Death

Expedition to Bornholm

(p.312) 33 | 1818–19 Shadows of Death
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Anders and Sophie do not fully recover and in 1818 Sophie dies. Hans Christian gives a funeral speech. Anders moves in with Gitte and Hans Christian. Ørsted helps his amanuensis, Dr Zeise, obtain a travel grant to Paris to study with Berzelius. Instead of Zeise Ørsted employs Forchhammer as his assistant. Ørsted is commissioned to survey coal deposits on Bornholm and appoint Esmarch and Forchhammer to join him on the expedition. Their findings are optimistically reported to the government. Gitte gives birth to a son and again to twin daughters. Anders remarries, but loses his second wife after four years. The two older brothers take care of four of Jacob's five neglected children. Gitte's and Hans Christian's twin daughter, Sophie, dies. The Ørsted family takes excursions by steamer and moves to a larger residence, which they refurbish. The report on the Bornholm survey is criticized in public.

Keywords:   Sophie Ørsted's death, Ørsted's funeral speech, Zeise, forchhammer, expedition to Bornholm, twins and foster-children, criticism of Bornholm report

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