My name is Thomas and I’m a writaholic!
I was born Sven Thomas Richardsson in 1946, but changed surname to Söderqvist in 1962. On this page and subpages I summarize my current life and my former academic life and work, including my curriculum vitae.
I retired from the University of Copenhagen in November 2016 after more than 50 years in Academia. Originally trained in chemistry and zoology, I turned to history and philosophy of science in my late 20s. I’ve spent some 40 years at universities in Sweden, US, UK and Denmark doing research on and teaching the history of 20th century biology and biomedicine. I’ve also built up a biomedical museum in Copenhagen.
In the course of these 50 years, I have taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, spent years in dusty archives, written hundreds of articles, chapters, and books, supervised two handfulls of phd-students, curated exhibitions, collected recent biomedical museum objects, and even made a few sci-art works. In the last 15 years I have also had an active presence on social media, writing about the interface between biomedicine, aesthetics and museums, and — during the last five years — increasingly about the genre of autobiography and memoirs.
I have an emeritus professor contract with my former department, Medical Museion, at the University of Copenhagen. I also have a secondary affiliation as adjunct emeritus professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University in Sweden.