Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab
|Formation||13 November 1742|
|Founders||Johan Ludvig Holstein|
|Purpose||The advancement of science|
|Mogens Høgh Jensen|
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (Danish: Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab) is a Danish non-governmental national academy for the advancement of science that was founded in 1742. It is based in the Carlsberg Foundation's building at the corner of H. C. Andersens Boulevard and Dantes Plads in central Copenhagen.
The society was founded on 13 November 1742 by permission of King Christian VI, as a historical collegium antiquitatum. It was founded by secretary of state Count Johan Ludvig Holstein, and the history professor Hans Gram.
The Carlsberg Foundation is based in the ground floor while the Royal Academy has the three upper floors. The first floor contains the old meeting hall, where the academy holds their meetings. It is decorated with a large oil painting by Peder Severin Krøyer depicting A meeting in the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. There is also a library and rooms for researchers. The second floor contain the academy's secretariate and archives as the president's, general secretary's and editor's offices. The third floor now contains the new meeting room. It was created in the former attic and book storage in connection with an adaption of the building in 1976. Since 2009, it has access to a roof terrace.
Members of the academy are researchers from nearly all fields of science. The academy has approximately 250 national and 260 foreign members. In 2011 the division The Young Academy was added, which currently counts 40 young researchers as members.
- Olaf Pedersen, Lovers of Learning - A History of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters 1742-1992, Munksgaard, 1992. ISBN 87-7304-236-6.
- Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
- Digital archive of Matematisk-fysiske meddelelser from the University of Southern Denmark Library