The naval officers had a great influence on intellectual life in Copenhagen in the 18th century. They were well-read, had traveled abroad, sailed the oceans and visited far away cities and exotic countries.

In 1742 the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters was established with the purpose of furthering science and technology. At this academy some of the country’s best minds met and through the announcement of various prize subjects in the fields of mathematics and natural science it helped set the agenda for the scientific development during the time of absolute monarchy.

A number of naval officers obtained a seat in this forum while others with their prize papers helped set the direction for the scientific development in the country. In this way an interplay took place between the naval and the non-military scientific development. In the second half of the 18th century three of Holmen´s Chief constructors were admitted as members of the learned society, while others had their papers published.