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Theodor Svedberg

Born Theodor H. E. Svedberg
30 August 1884(1884-08-30)
Fleräng, Valbo, Gävleborg, Sweden
Died 25 February 1971 (aged 86)
Kopparberg, Sweden
Nationality Sweden
Fields Biochemistry
Alma mater Uppsala University
Doctoral students Arne Tiselius
Known for analytical ultracentrifugation
Notable awards Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1926)

Theodor H. E. Svedberg (30 August 1884 – 25 February 1971) was a Swedish chemist and Nobel laureate, active at Uppsala University. His work with colloids supported the theories of Brownian motion put forward by 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.

The unit svedberg (symbol S), a unit of time amounting to 10−13 s or 100 fs, is named after him.


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