Sune Bergström

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Sune Bergström
Karl Sune Detlof Bergström

(1916-01-10)10 January 1916
Stockholm, Sweden
Died15 August 2004(2004-08-15) (aged 88)
Known forProstaglandin discoveries
RelativesSvante Pääbo (son)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsColumbia University

Karl Sune Detlof Bergström (10 January 1916 – 15 August 2004) was a Swedish biochemist. In 1975, he was appointed to the Nobel Foundation Board of Directors in Sweden,[2] and was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University, together with Bengt I. Samuelsson. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Bengt I. Samuelsson and John R. Vane in 1982, for discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related substances.

Bergström was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1965, and its President in 1983. In 1965, he was also elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1966.[3] He was also a member of both the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.[4][5] Bergström was awarded the Cameron Prize for Therapeutics of the University of Edinburgh in 1977. In 1985, he was appointed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.[6] He was awarded the Illis quorum in 1985.[7]

In 1943, Bergström married Maj Gernandt.[8] He had two sons, the businessman Rurik Reenstierna, with Maj Gernandt; and the evolutionary geneticist Svante Pääbo (winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), from an extramarital affair with an Estonian chemist Karin Pääbo.[9] Both sons were born in 1955, and Rurik learned about the existence of his half-brother Svante only around 2004.[10]

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  1. ^ "Sweden's Paabo wins medicine Nobel for sequencing Neanderthal DNA". 3 October 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Sune K. Bergström – Biographical". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Sune Bergstrom". Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  5. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Sune Bergstrom". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Regeringens belöningsmedaljer och regeringens utmärkelse: Professors namn". Regeringskansliet (in Swedish). January 2006. Archived from the original on 2 November 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  8. ^ Wright, Pearce (18 August 2004). "Sune Bergstrom". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo Picks Up Nobel Prize for Human Origins Research". Gizmodo. 3 October 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  10. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth (15 August 2011). "Sleeping with the Enemy". The New Yorker.
  11. ^ "818 (Sveriges statskalender / 1963)". (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 October 2022.
  12. ^ TT (16 August 2004). "Svensk Nobelpristagare avliden". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). ISSN 1101-2412. Retrieved 3 October 2022.

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by Chairman of the Nobel Foundation
Succeeded by