Memorial service set for Rune Nielsen

Rune Nielsen

Rune Nielsen

A memorial service for Rune Nielsen, a visiting scholar who died during winter break, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Church. A reception will follow at the Bechtel International Center.

Nielsen, 25, died Dec. 18 in a single-car accident in Palo Alto. He came to Stanford in March as a visiting scholar on a fellowship from Denmark to conduct a yearlong thesis project as part of a master of science and engineering program in physics and nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Before coming to Stanford, Nielsen earned a bachelor's degree from DTU as well as a graduate certificate in business administration from the Copenhagen Business School. 

He is survived by his father, Kjeld Nielsen; his stepmother, Susanne Lundberg; and his stepsister, Emma Lundberg, all from Copenhagen.