(Deceased 2012)

  • Graduated in Medicine from Copenhagen University (1955)
  • Specialist in Clinical Chemistry (1966)
  • D.M.Sc. Thesis, “On The Cold Agglutinin Syndrome” (1966), Copenhagen University

1967-68 : Assistant professor, Institute for Biological Chemistry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA 1969-76 : Head Department of Clinical Chemistry, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen 1976-90 : Head Department of Clinical Chemistry, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen 1990-98 : Head Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen1998-2002 : Head Center for Terminology and Coding, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen


“Founding father” of the NPU terminology, as such, initiator and co-author of

  • Compendium of Terminology and Nomenclature of Properties in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Recommendations 1995) (‘The Silver Book’)
  • series of IFCC-IUPAC recommendations “Properties and units in the clinical laboratory sciences” available at <https://iupac.org/web/ins/702>, “IFCC-IUPAC” link
  • Also author or co-author of over 200 publications


Chair, Danish Society for Clinical Biochemistry (1971)Member, IUPAC Commission on Quantities and Units (Commission on Nomenclature for Properties and Units)(1985-97), Chair (1989)Member, IFCC Committee on Quantities and Units(Committee on Nomenclature for Properties and Units)(1988-97), (Chair 1989)Convener, WG 2 Healthcare Terminology, Semantics and Knowledge Bases, Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) TC251 Medical Informatics (1990-97)Consultant for WHO educational projects in Ghana, Turkey, Burma, India, Liberia, Ethiopia and Ivory Cost


Honorary Member, The Danish Society for Clinical BiochemistryHonorary Member, The Finnish Medical Society