30 August 1884
Fleräng, Valbo, Gävleborg, Sweden
|Died||25 February 1971
|Alma mater||Uppsala University|
|Known for||analytical ultracentrifugation
|Awards||Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1926)
Franklin Medal (1949)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1944)
Gustaf Werner Institute
|Doctoral advisor||Carl Benedicks, Oskar Widman|
|Doctoral students||Arne Tiselius|
Early life and education
Theodor Svedberg was born in Gävleborg, Sweden. He was the son of Augusta Alstermark and Elias Svedberg. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1905, his master's degree in 1907, and in 1908, he earned his Ph.D.
Svedberg's work with colloids supported the theories of Brownian motion put forward by Albert Einstein and the Polish geophysicist Marian Smoluchowski. During this work, he developed the technique of analytical ultracentrifugation, and demonstrated its utility in distinguishing pure proteins one from another.
Awards and honours
Svedberg's candidacy for the Royal Society reads:
"distinguished for his work in physical and colloid chemistry and the development of the ultracentrifuge"
- Svedberg's Nobel Foundation biography
- Claesson, S.; Pedersen, K. O. (1972). "The Svedberg 1884-1971". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 18: 594. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1972.0022.
- "The Svedberg Biography". Nobelprize. Nobel Media AB 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- Kyle, R. A.; Shampo, M. A. (1997). "Theodor Svedberg and the ultracentrifuge". Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 72 (9): 830. doi:10.4065/72.9.830. PMID 9294529.
- "TSL - The Svedberg Laboratory". uu.se.
- "Library and Archive Catalogue". London: The Royal Society. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
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