Dr. Haldor Topsøe was born on May 24, 1913, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied chemical engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In 1940 he founded the Haldor Topsøe A/S – a catalyst and technology company, involved in the development and production of hydro-treating catalysts with a vision that the company should be a good place to work.
Haldor Topsøe A/S has become one of the most successful companies in the ﬁeld of heterogeneous catalysis. The company develops and markets catalysts and processes for petroleum reﬁning, air-pollution control, synthesis gas production, ammonia and methanol production and solid oxide fuel cells. The company Haldor Topsøe is also a leader in the production and state-of-the-art scientiﬁc characterization of new catalysts. Dr. Topsøe is currently the sole owner of the company.
He has written numerous articles on ammonia synthesis, catalysis, and energy questions. He is the author of several books on economics. Dr. Topsøe has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Aarhus University, DTU, and the Chalmers University in Sweden; the Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Sciences; the Hoover Medal for his technical abilities and entrepreneurship; and the Grove Memorial Medal for Advances in Fuel Cell Technology. Topsøe is a member of the Danish and the Swedish Academies of Technical Sciences and of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Topsøe’s family owned company, which bears his name, is among the top foreign investors in Bangladesh. Notably they have a very successful joint venture with the Government of Bangladesh in the Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO) in Chittagong.
Dr. Haldor Topsøe ranks as one of the most senior Danish entrepreneurs. He has been personally and commercially active in Bangladesh even before the separation from India and he remains an icon of Danish international commercial entrepreneurship. Together with his team, he is preparing the ground for future major investments in Bangladesh. On 14th September 2011, The Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh (NCCI) awarded the first Honorary Membership to Dr. Haldor Topsøe for his outstanding contribution and support to the development of Bangladesh.