New members elected

At the general meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on 14 November no less than 15 new members were elected to the Academy’s classes for chemistry, medical sciences and social sciences.


Risto Näätänen (class IX) is Professor at BioMag laboratories at Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland. His research on audiotive information treatment, perception and attention, has given excellent contributions to the understanding of these senses. He has discovered two new electro physical brain responses, where one of them has become a central concept in the research society with about 1000 citations annually. Näätänen is also a member of The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Walter Müller (class IX) is Professor Emeritus at Universität Mannheim, Germany. He is still productive within a range of research areas, although mostly in education, social stratification, the entrance into work life, partysympathys and method questions. He has published articles in many highly rated international journals and is with no doubt a leading representative for German social science in his generation.

Walter W. Powell (class IX) is Professor of Education and affiliated Professor of Sociology, Organization Behaviour, Management Science and Communication at Stanford University, USA. He is mostly known in Scandinavia through his work in the area of institutional theory, but he has also done research on relations between companies and the publishing house industry. In all areas his articles have been very frequently citied.

Andre Gingrich (class IX) is Professor at Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie at Universität Wien, Austria. He is one of Europe’s most successful social anthropologists and has with great width and depth in his research contributed to lead an already significant institution into an internationally central position. In the year 2000 he was awarded the Austrian Science councils Wittgenstein Award and he was one of the original members of The European Association of Social Anthropologists.


Kersti Hermansson (class for chemistry), Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Uppsala University.

Ann-Christin Syvänen (class for medical sciences), Professor of Molecular Medicine at Uppsala University Hospital.

Sven Enerbäcks (class for medical sciences), Professor at Institute of Biomedicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University. 

Christer Betsholtz (class for medical sciences), Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB), Karolinska Institutet.

Lars Wallentin (class for medical sciences), Professor of Cardiology at Uppsala University Hospital.

Jakob Svensson (class for social sciences), Professor at Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University.

Mats Persson (class for social sciences), Professor at Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University.  

Suzanne Wennberg (class for social sciences), Professor of Criminal Law and Dean at Law Department, Stockholm University.

Anders Malmberg (class for social sciences), Professor of Economic Geography at Uppsala University.

Udo Zander (class for social sciences), Professor of International Entrepreneurship at Stockholm School of Economics.

Jan O. Jonsson (class for social sciences), Professor at Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University.