Press Release from Umeå University

Pro-Vice Chancellor Jonsson elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

[2013-01-25] Kjell Jonsson, Professor in History of Science and Ideas and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Umeå University, was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on 16 January.

In addition, the Academy also elected Torsten Åkesson, Lund University, Per Molander, Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate and Johan Rockström, Stockholm University at their general meeting.

Kjell Jonsson Photo: Elin Berge

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences describes Kjell Jonsson as follows: "He is described as a thorough researcher with a special interest in the cultural and social role of science”.

Jonsson will sit in the Class for humanities and for outstanding services to science.

Kjell Jonsson also has a strong commitment to his field and has been published a variety of scientific journals. He acts as a surrogate for Vice-Chancellor Lena Gustafsson during any absence.

Read more about Pro-Vice-Chancellor Kjell Jonsson

About the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Being elected a member of the Academy constitutes exclusive recognition of successful achievements. These could be prominent research in mathematics, natural science, engineering, social science or humanities, but also outstanding services to science.

The Academy has today about 440 Swedish and 175 foreign members. Since the start in 1739, about 1.600 Swedes have been elected to membership. The members are divided into ten scientific disciplines, called classes:

Astronomy and space science
Medical sciences
Engineering sciences
Social sciences
Humanities and for outstanding services to science

Editor: David Meyers

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