Dr. Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish Physician & Nobel Prize Winner, 1903
MODERN LIGHT THERAPY
In 1893, the Danish physician Niels Ryberg Finsen developed one of the first devices capable of producing technically synthesized "sunlight". Technically synthesized light has clear advantages: its intensity and emitted light spectrum are controllable. From 1895 to 1903, he treated more than 950 patients with lupus vulgaris (tuberculosis of the skin) using filtered, technically synthesized "sunlight".
In 1903 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research in light therapy and his exceptional therapeutic achievements. Dr. Finsen therefore is considered the founder of modern light therapy.