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Danish
Born
Copenhagen 1728-10-18
Deceased
Copenhagen 1798-09-07
buried in Christian's Church (Christians Kirke)
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married 1) to Karen Angell (1732–1788) in Trondheim on 19 April 1752 and 2) in Copenhagen in October 1788 to Christiane Becker (1764–1799)
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  • Kopenhagen 1746 - 1751
    1746-1751 study at the University of Copenhagen under Ludvig Holberg
  • Trondheim 1751 - 1761
    In 1751 he traveled to Trondheim together with the Danish historian Gerhard Schøning, with whom he continued to collaborate over the following years. He married a rich heiress on the condition, that he would live in Trondheim for the remaining lifetime of his widowed mother-in-law (died 1761): with an interval in 1755 (Copenhagen) he complied. Schöning and Suhm, together with Johan Ernst Gunnerus, founded the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 1760 under the name Det Trondhiemske Selskab (the Trondheim Society)
  • Kopenhagen 1761 - 1798
    moved back to Copenhagen, where he became a man of leisure, collecting (books and art) and pursueing his scientific interests. He wrote e.g. (in Danish): 'Trondhjem collections' and 'View of the state of the sciences and the fine arts in Denmark and Norway. Excerpts from the history of Denmark, Norway and Holstein'. He became chairman of the Danish Academy of Sciences and in 1779 member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His book collection (c. 100.000 volumes) was purchased for the Royal Danish Library in exchange for a life-long annuity in 1796. Soon his wife died and Suhm himself followed in 1798.
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