Svedberg, Theodor H.E.

Svedberg, Theodor H.E. (1884-1971)

20th Century
Born: Fleräng near Valbo (Sweden), 30 August 1884
Died: Kopparberg near Örebro (Sweden), 24 February 1971

Svedberg studied at the University of Uppsala and obtained his doctorate in 1907 becoming professor in 1912. With the exception of research periods in Göttingen and Wisconsin, Svedberg remained loyal to his Alma Mater, heading the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Uppsala until retirement in 1949. Svedberg was chiefly interested in the chemistry of colloids and in 1923 developed the ultracentrifuge to settle the tiny colloid particles according to their molecular weights. With an improved version of the centrifuge in 1933-34 gravitational fields of more than half a million g could be achieved. Based on experiments with the ultracentrifuge Svedberg calculated in 1924 the molecular weight of milk casein and next year that of haemoglobin. In 1926 the Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to Svedberg for his development of the ultracentrifuge. 

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Link icon  The Theodor Svedberg
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Link icon  The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1926
"for his work on disperse systems"