Chairmen through the years

The finest minds


Johan Nicolai Madvig (1804-1886), the Carlsberg Foundation’s first Chairman

The finest minds – the Carlsberg Foundation’s Chairmen through the years

In 1876, J.C. Jacobsen bequeathed his life’s work to the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He was convinced that Carlsberg’s future would be best secured if the brewery was led by the country’s finest minds. So it became the task of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters to appoint the Carlsberg Foundation's board members. The Carlsberg Foundation’s Chairman would also serve as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Carlsberg brewery. In this way, the Carlsberg Foundation could exercise active ownership of the Carlsberg brewery – in accordance with the founder’s wishes. That is still the case today. Currently, the Carlsberg Foundation is led by Flemming Besenbacher, professor of nanoscience and physics.

The Carlsberg Foundation has had the following Chairmen through the years:

2012-
Flemming Besenbacher (1952- )
Nanoscientist, physicist, professor, Aarhus University
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 2005-



2002-2012
Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen (1941- )
Pharmacist, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1993-2012



1993-2002
Poul Christian Matthiessen (1933- )
Economist, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1989-2002



1976-1993
Kristof Glamann (1923-2013)
Historian, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1969-1993


1971-1976
Franz Blatt (1903-1979)
Philologist, professor, Aarhus University
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1957-1977



1969-1971
Poul Brandt Rehberg (1895-1989)
Physiologist, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1960-1971

1963-1969
Stig Iuul (1907-1969)
Lawyer, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1955-1969



1955-1963
Børge Jessen (1907-1993)
Mathematician, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1950-1963



1933-1955
Johannes Pedersen (1883-1977)
Theologist and philologist, professor, University of Copenhagen, President of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1963-1969)
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1926-1955



1926-1933
Anders Bjørn Drachmann (1860-1935)
Philologist, professor, University of Copenhagen, President of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1933-1934)
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1913-1933



1913-1926
Kristian Erslev (1852-1932)
Historian and archivist, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1909-1926



1909-1913
Sophus Mads Jørgensen (1837-1914)
Chemist, professor, University of Copenhagen
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1885-1914



1889-1909
Peter Edvard Holm (1833-1915)
Historian, professor, Rector of the University of Copenhagen (1882-83, 1890-91)
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1876-1909




1886-1889
Christen Thomsen Barfoed (1815-1889)
Pharmacist and chemist, professor, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1876-1889



1876-1886
Johan Nicolai Madvig (1804-1886)
Philologist, professor, Rector of the University of Copenhagen (1855-56, 1863-64, 1866-67, 1870-71, 1878-79), President of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1867-1886)
Board member of the Carlsberg Foundation 1876-1886