My name is Thomas and I’m a writaholic!

My full name is Thomas Söderqvist (né Sven Thomas Rickardsson). On the pages under this heading I summarize my former academic work, including my curriculum vitae, and say a little more about my current emeritus life. For my current research project, see ‘About the project‘.

In November 2016, I retired from the University of Copenhagen after having been an active academic scholar in several countries and institutions for more than half a century — mainly in the field of history of biology/biomedicine and medical museology.

I have taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, spent years in archives, written hundreds of articles, chapters and books about my research interests, supervised a dozen phd-students, curated a few exhibitions, tried my hands at collecting museum objects, and even made a few sci-art works.

I’m currently emeritus professor at the University of Copenhagen and affiliated with my former museum, Medical Museion. I also have a secondary affiliation as adjunct emeritus professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences at Lund University in Sweden.

My current life

On the web


If you want to discuss some of the issues raised on this site, you are welcome to contact me. There are several possibilities. You can:

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  • write a tweet (don’t forget the hashtag @ageingprofessor).
  • call me on +45 2875 3801
  • send a mail to
  • or — the wonderfully old-fashioned way — send me a card or a letter to my home address: Strindbergsvej 24, DK 2500 Valby, Denmark (and please include your email to make it easier for me to reply 🙂 )

My pre-retirement career

More about me …

The pages under the heading ‘My life in text & images‘ will contain more about my earlier life.