Jørn Henrik Petersen was educated as an economist (Aarhus University) in 1968. In 1969 he received Aarhus University’s gold medal in economics. Affiliated with AaU 1968-1971. Assistant professor, Odense University 1970. Ph.d. (lic.oecon) from Aarhus University 1971. Professor of social policy at University of Southern Denmark 1974. Dr.phil. (history), Odense University 1985. (Diss.: The development of the Danish Old Age pension Scheme. The origins). He has served as Danish representative to the group of independent experts on social policy within the EU in the 70’s and as member/chairman of several Danish commissions on social policy themes. Presently he is chairing a project ‘The History of the Danish Welfare State’ of which three volumes have become published and three others will be published before august 2014. The project is financed by the Carlsberg Foundation.