Justus Hartnack (1912-2005) is regarded as the founder of the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University in 1954, and served as professor at that department until 1972, where he continued his career in the USA. He was known as an extraordinarily talented lecturer – which thousands of university students taking the at the time compulsory Filosofikum course benefitted from – and as an inspiration to generations of Danish philosophers. An obituary (in Danish) can be found here.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday, May 29 2002, the Annual Justus Hartnack Lecture was inaugurated in gratitude to his service, and to help preserve the international outlook that Hartnack gave to the Aarhus Philosophy Department from its beginning. The honour of giving the Annual Hartnack Lecture is given to an internationally recognized and distinguished researcher, who has made outstanding contributions in philosophy.