441 Niels Bohr Mobile
Mette Høst / Clive Ellegaard / Ole Flensted for Flensted and the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen, 2014
Stainless steel / Wood
27 x 27 cm
To celebrate the 100 years of the revolutionary Niels Bohr Atom Model, we have, in cooperation with the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen, created this beautiful mobile, which will surely decorate any home. The mobile has been designed by the artist Mette Høst, the atomic physicist Clive Ellegaard and the mobile-maker Ole Flensted.
The Niels Bohrs Model 1913
Niels Bohr’s original atomic model had the form of a solar system. In 1897, J.J. Thomson had discovered the negatively charged electron as a constituent of the atom, and in 1911 Rutherford discovered that there was a very heavy core inside the atom. These two particles were thought to make up the atom. But it was clear to Bohr that a model in which the electron moved like a planet around the core was impossible in classical mechanics. The electron would have been accelerated in its circular motion and therefore emit its energy in the form of electro-magnetic radiation, i.e. light. The electron would spiral into the core, and the atom would collapse into a much smaller size that it was known to have. In 1913 Niels Bohr developed his revolutionary model of the atom, from which new information technologies continue to arise - from the transistor radio to quantum computers.