Kari Martinsen, who turned 70 on January 20th 2013, has been a widely used lecturer in Nursing and Health Sciences as well as a good colleague and collaborator. She has challenged many with her contributions in philosophy, theology and history research, existential and subject specific especially in medicine, nursing and teaching. This article attempts to summarise and lexically identify some of the most important aspects of Kari Martinsen’s work and the impact it has had on the development of primarily Danish nursing, philosophy, research and science. In Norway, His Majesty King Harald V appointed Professor Kari Martinsen Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for her efforts in Nursing/Philosophy in 2011. Kari Martinsen’s 70th anniversary was marked in Oslo on March 4th at 12 o’clock in the publisher Cappelen/Damm’s premises. The book “Necessary detours – a scientific anthology”, edited by Herdis Alsvåg, Ådel Bergland and Oddvar Førland was launched simultaneously. Kari Martinsen is still active as a professor emerita associated to the University College in Harstad and the Haraldsplass Diaconal University College in Bergen, both in Norway.