30 August 1884
|Died||25 February 1971 (aged 86)|
|Alma mater||Uppsala University|
|Known for||analytical ultracentrifugation|
|Awards||Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1926)|
Franklin Medal (1949)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1944)
Björkénska priset (1913, 1923, 1926)
Gustaf Werner Institute
|Doctoral advisor||Carl Benedicks, Oskar Widman|
|Doctoral students||Arne Tiselius |
Theodor ("The") Svedberg (30 August 1884 – 25 February 1971) was a Swedish chemist and Nobel laureate for his research on colloids and proteins using the ultracentrifuge, active at Uppsala University.
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.
Svedberg's candidacy for the Royal Society reads:
"distinguished for his work in physical and colloid chemistry and the development of the ultracentrifuge"
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