Arne Tiselius
Arne Wilhelm Kaurin Tiselius

(1902-08-10)10 August 1902
Stockholm, Sweden
Died29 October 1971(1971-10-29) (aged 69)
Uppsala, Sweden
Alma materUniversity of Uppsala
Known forElectrophoresis
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Uppsala
Tiselius' magnifying glass on display at the Nobel Prize Museum

Arne Wilhelm Kaurin Tiselius (10 August 1902 – 29 October 1971) was a Swedish biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1948 "for his research on electrophoresis and adsorption analysis, especially for his discoveries concerning the complex nature of the serum proteins."[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


Tiselius was born in Stockholm. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Gothenburg where he went to school, and after graduation at the local "Realgymnasium" in 1921, he studied at the Uppsala University, specializing in chemistry.

Career and research

Tiselius became a research assistant at Theodor Svedberg's laboratory in 1925 and obtained his doctoral degree in 1930 on the moving-boundary method of studying the electrophoresis of proteins. From then to 1935 he published a number of papers on diffusion and adsorption in naturally occurring base-exchanging zeolites, and these studies continued during a year's visit to Hugh Stott Taylor's laboratory in Princeton University with support of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship. On his return to Uppsala he resumed his interest in proteins, and the application of physical methods to biochemical problems. This led to a much-improved method of electrophoretic analysis which he refined in subsequent years.

Tiselius took an active part in the reorganization of scientific research in Sweden in the years following World War II, and was President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry 1951–1955. He was chairman of the board for the Nobel Foundation from 1960 to 1964.[12]

Quotation from Arne Tiselius

We live in a world where unfortunately the distinction between true and false appears to become increasingly blurred by manipulation of facts, by exploitation of uncritical minds, and by the pollution of the language. Arne Tiselius [13]

Awards and honours

The lunar crater Tiselius was named in his honour.

Personal life

Tiselius was married, with two children. He died of a heart attack 29 October 1971 in Uppsala. His wife died in 1986.[19]


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  2. ^ Kyle, R. A.; Shampo, M. A. (2005). "Arne Tiselius—father of electrophoresis". Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 80 (3): 302. PMID 15757008.
  3. ^ Tiselius, A. (1937). "A new apparatus for electrophoretic analysis of colloidal mixtures". Transactions of the Faraday Society. 33: 524–1933. doi:10.1039/tf9373300524.
  4. ^ A Tiselius (1930). "The moving-boundary method of studying the electrophoresis of proteins". Nova Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis. Ser. IV, Vol. 7 (4).
  5. ^ Tiselius, A. (1968). "Reflections from Both Sides of the Counter". Annual Review of Biochemistry. 37: 1–24. doi:10.1146/ PMID 4875715.
  6. ^ Putnam, F. W. (1993). "Alpha-, beta-, gamma-globulin—Arne Tiselius and the advent of electrophoresis". Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 36 (3): 323–337. doi:10.1353/pbm.1993.0030. PMID 7685077. S2CID 1572611.
  7. ^ Kay, L. E. (1988). "Laboratory technology and biological knowledge: The Tiselius electrophoresis apparatus, 1930–1945". History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 10 (1): 51–72. PMID 3045854.
  8. ^ Hjertén, S. (1973). "Dedication to Professor Arne Tiselius". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 209 (1): 5–7. Bibcode:1973NYASA.209....5H. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1973.tb47513.x. PMID 4577171. S2CID 26384103.
  9. ^ Hertén, S. (1972). "Arne Tiselius. 1902-1971". Journal of Ultrastructure Research. 39 (5): 624–628. doi:10.1016/S0022-5320(72)90126-8. PMID 4556330.
  10. ^ Hjertén, S. (1972). "Arne Tiselius 1902–1971". Journal of Chromatography. 65 (2): 345–348. PMID 4552643.
  11. ^ The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1948. Retrieved on 2017-10-02.
  12. ^ The Nobel Foundation: A Century of Growth and Change. Retrieved on 2017-10-02.
  13. ^ SGU, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe (9 February 2019). "Podcast #709 - February 9, 2019". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Arne Tiselius".
  15. ^ "Arne Wilhelm Kaurin Tiselius". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2022-11-03.
  16. ^ Nobel Lecture Electrophoresis and Adsorption Analysis as Aids in Investigations of Large Molecular Weight Substances and Their Breakdown Products from website
  17. ^ "List of Recipients". University of Zurich. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  18. ^ "APS Member History". Retrieved 2022-11-03.
  19. ^ Ingrid Margareta Tiselius (Dahlén) (1905 - 1986) - Genealogy
Non-profit organization positions Preceded byBirger Ekeberg Chairman of the Nobel Foundation 1960–1964 Succeeded byBertil Lindblad