Svedberg, Theodor


1884–1971 Swedish physical chemist who invented the ultracentrifuge and devised its application to the study of proteins.

Keywords: ultracentrifuge; protein; colloid; macromolecule

Further Reading

Svedberg T and Fåhraeus R (1926) A new method for the determination of the molecular weight of the proteins. Journal of the American Chemical Society 48: 430–438.

Svedberg T and Pedersen KO (1940) The Ultracentrifuge. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Claesson S and Pedersen KO (1972) The Svedberg 1884–1971. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 18: 595–627.

Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1970–1980) Gillispie CC (ed.). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

James LK (ed.) (1993) Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 1901–1992. Washington DC: American Chemical Society and Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Kerker M (1976) The Svedberg and molecular reality. Isis 67: 190–216.

Kerker M (1986) The Svedberg and molecular reality, an autobiographical postscript. Isis 77: 278–282.

McMurray EJ (ed.) (1995) Notable Twentieth Century Scientists. New York and London: Gale Research.

Sredniawa B (1992) The collaboration of Marian Smoluchowski and Theodor Svedberg on Brownian motion and density fluctuations. Centaurus 35: 325–355.

Wasson T (ed.) (1987) Nobel Prize Winners. New York: HW Wilson Company.

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Watson, Katherine D(May 2001) Svedberg, Theodor. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002925]