Dr. Svante Lindqvist
President, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden
Dr. Svante Lindqvist is President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Marshal of the Realm (Riksmarskalk) to the Swedish Royal Court.
He assumed the latter position on January 1, 2010. Prior to that, he was the founding Director of the Nobel Museum, a position he held from 1998–2009. Since its conception in 1998, the Nobel Museum has developed into a research-oriented multi-faceted institution with a constantly growing attendance, staffed research library, an active school outreach program, as well as research seminars and public lectures. The museum has engaged in producing and sending large international traveling exhibitions.
In 2010, he was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Medal for lifetime achievement from the Society for the History of Technology.
Previously he was Professor of History of Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, where he established and became Chairman of its Department for History of Science and Technology in 1989. He has been a Visiting Professor and Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, as well as an Overseas Fellow and Visiting Professor at Churchill College, Cambridge.
He has been a member of many international organizations, boards and agencies including the Kuratorium and the Wissenschaftlichen Beirats of the Deutsches Museum, Munich; the History Project at the European Space Agency (ESA), Paris; the Corporation Visiting Committee for the Humanities at MIT; the International Advisory Board of the Medical Museum, Copenhagen; the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.
Dr. Lundquist holds a MSc Eng. (Physics) from the Royal Institute of Technology and a PhD in History of Science and Ideas from Uppsala University. His dissertation was awarded three national prizes. He has written and co-edited several leading publications relating to the studies of history and sciences.