Dansk Biografisk Leksikon (usually abbreviated DBL; title of first edition written Dansk biografisk Lexikon) is a Danish biographical dictionary that has been published in three editions. The first edition, Dansk biografisk Lexikon, tillige omfattende Norge for tidsrummet 1537-1814 ("...including Norway for the period 1537-1814") was published in nineteen volumes 1887-1905 under the editorship of the historian Carl Frederik Bricka. The first edition, which is in the public domain is available online at Projekt Runeberg.
Later editions were published 1933-1934 (27 volumes) and 1979-1984 (16 volumes). While some of the biographies from the previous editions have been updated in the third edition, many others – considered of less contemporary relevance – were left out and need to be consulted in its predecessors.
Searchable online access to the articles, some of which have been updated, is available from Gyldendal's Den Store Danske website.
Karen Andersdatter was the Danish mistress of King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway and the mother of one of his three illegitimate but acknowledged children, Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve.
Hans Bøchmann Melchior was a Danish Naturalist.
Páll Melsteð was an Icelandic historian, official, editor and member of the Althing. In 1892 he was awarded the Order of the Dannebrog.
Hans Peter Hansen was a Danish xylographer who specialized in portraits.
Carl Frederik Bricka was a Danish archivist, historian, and biographer.
Peter Erasmus Christian Kaalund was a Danish philologist who specialized in Scandinavian studies.
Olaf Nikolas Olsen was a cartographer and an officer of the Danish army. He taught cartography at the Royal Cadet School and from 1830 on also at the new Army Academy. In 1836 was made a member of the General Staff, and in 1842 he was named head of the topographic department of the staff, with the rank of a Major. In 1848, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Peter Daniel Bruun was a Danish politician and supreme court lawyer and the first speaker of the Landsting, a chamber of the parliament. He was a member of the National Constitutional Assembly from 1848 to 1849 and a member of the Landsting from 1849 to 1862, representing the National Liberal Party.
Mads Pagh Bruun was a Danish politician and speaker of the Landsting, a chamber of the parliament. He was a member of the National Constitutional Assembly from 1848 to 1849, a member of the Landsting from 1849 to 1853 and again from 1857 to 1874 and a member of the Folketing from 1854 to 1855, representing the National Liberal Party.
Carl Christian Vilhelm Liebe was a Danish politician representing first the National Liberal Party and later the conservative Højre, lawyer and speaker of the Landsting, a chamber of the parliament. He was an elected member of the Folketing from 1861 to 1866, and a royally appointed member of the Landsting from 1866 to 1895.
Henning Matzen was a Danish politician, jurist and speaker of the Landsting, a chamber of the parliament. He was member of the Landsting from 1879 to 1910, representing the conservative party Højre, and its speaker from 1894 to 1902.
Hans Nicolai Hansen was a Danish politician, lawyer and speaker of the Landsting, a chamber of the parliament.
Hans Christian Steffensen was a Danish politician, jurist and speaker of the Landsting, a chamber of the parliament.
Ferdinand Meldahl was a Danish architect best known for the reconstruction of Frederiksborg Castle after the fire in 1859. Meldahl was one of the leading proponents of historicism in Denmark.
Adam Gottlob von Krogh was a Norwegian-Danish military officer, and the son of Major General Caspar Herman von Krogh and his wife Christiane Ulrica née Lerche.
Professor Johannes Frederik Johnstrup was a Danish geologist and paleontologist. He was the founder of Meddelelser om Grønland.
Niels Simonsen Glostrup was a Danish priest who became the seventh Lutheran Bishop of Oslo.
Claus Møinichen or Claus á Møinichen was a Danish painter. He was the son of the Copenhagen surgeon Sixtus Møinichen (1629–1666) and his wife Anna Thiesens.
Gustav Oluf Bang Winge was a Danish zoologist.
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