Eske Willerslev

Eske Willerslev
Professor of Geogenetics
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Eske Willerslev is a well-known Danish DNA researcher and evolutionary geneticist notable for his pioneering work in molecular anthropology, paleontology and ecology. He is professor at Center for Geogenetics under the National Museum of Natural History, Prince Philip Professor at University of Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Southern Denmark.

Eske Willerslev is recognized all over the world as an outstanding academic capacity – but also as a great storyteller and with him evolutionary biology is never boring. As a DNA detective, he has revealed revolutionary truths about the past and about the unknown’s in human history.
In his book “Eske Willerslev – makes the dead alive” you can read about his exciting life as an explorer.

In 2016 New York Times brought a portrait on him as a world known scientific profile.

Eske Willerslev has currently obtained nothing less than 21 prizes and acknowledgements. Some of these are:

The Preservation Hero Award (2017)
From the Department of Archaeology and Historical preservation in Washington State for his work on the Kennewick Man Genome.

Order of the Dannebrog (2017)
Issued by her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) Award (2015) 
For the best research published within the field of archaeology in 2014-2015.

Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA (NAS) (2014)
This membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honours that a scientist can receive. The NAS foreign membership totals only 440 associates worldwide.

Honorary Doctor (doctor honoris causa) at University of Oslo (2014)
These honorary degrees are conferred on a very few international distinguished researchers every three years to honour their overall contribution to science.


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