Tiselius, Arne


Arne Tiselius (1902–1971) was a Swedish biochemist who developed electrophoresis and adsorption methods and applied them to the study of proteins and other substances of biological interest. In 1948 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on electrophoresis and adsorption analysis, especially for his discovery of the complex nature of serum proteins. In the following decades several biochemical separation methods were developed at his laboratory at Uppsala University. Tiselius played an active role in Swedish science policy after World War II. He was a member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry and served as president of the Nobel Foundation.

Keywords: electrophoresis; protein separation; biochemical separation methods

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Professor Arne Tiselius. (Photographer unknown. Published courtesy of Uppsala University Library, section for Maps and Pictures.)

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Professor Arne Tiselius with a Dutch scientist, Uppsala 1952. (Photo: Uppsala‐Bild; Upplandsmuseet.)

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Professor Arne Tiselius in his laboratory, Uppsala 1952. (Photo: Uppsala‐Bild; Upplandsmuseet.)


Further Reading

Kay LE (1988) Laboratory technology and biological knowledge: the Tiselius electrophoresis apparatus, 1930–1945. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 10: 51–72.

Kekwick RA and Pedersen KO (1974) Arne Tiselius 1902–1971. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 20: 400–428.

Tiselius A (1937) A new apparatus for electrophoretic analysis of colloidal mixtures. Transactions of the Faraday Society 33: 524–531.

Tiselius A (1964) Electrophoresis and adsorption analysis as aids in investigations of large molecular weight substances and their breakdown products. Nobel Lecture, December 13, 1948. In Nobel Lectures in Chemistry 1942–1962. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Tiselius A (1968) Reflections from both sides of the counter. The Annual Review of Biochemistry 37: 1–24.

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Tunlid, Anna(Dec 2011) Tiselius, Arne. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002931]