Sune Bergström

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Karl Sune Detlof Bergström (10 January 1916 – 15 August 2004) was a Swedish biochemist. In 1975, he was appointed to the Nobel Foundation Board of Directors in Sweden,[2] and was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University, together with Bengt I. Samuelsson. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Bengt I. Samuelsson and John R. Vane in 1982, for discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related substances.

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Karl Sune Detlof Bergström

(1916-01-10)10 January 1916
Died15 August 2004(2004-08-15) (aged 88)
Known forProstaglandin
AwardsGairdner Foundation International Award (1972)
Nobel Prize Medicine
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1975)
Welch Award in Chemistry (1980)
Scientific career

Bergström was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1965, and its President in 1983. In 1965, he was also elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1966.[3] In 1985 he was appointed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.[4]

In 1943, Bergström married Maj Gernandt.[5] He had two sons, the businessman Rurik Reenstierna, with Maj Gernandt, and the evolutionary geneticist Svante Pääbo, from an extramarital affair with the Estonian chemist Karin Pääbo. Both sons were born in 1955, and Rurik had learned about existence of Svante only around 2004.[6]


  1. ^ Sune K. Bergström. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. ^ "Sune K. Bergström – Biographical". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Sune Bergstrom". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Wright, Pearce (18 August 2004) Sune Bergstrom. The Guardian
  6. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth (15 August 2011) Sleeping with the Enemy. The New Yorker

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Ulf von Euler
Chairman of the Nobel Foundation
Succeeded by
Lars Gyllensten