My name is Thomas and I’m a writaholic!
I have spent 55 years of my life in university environments, first in Sweden, then mainly in Denmark, interrupted by a couple of years in the US and the UK. Originally trained in chemistry and evolutionary biology at the University of Stockholm in the late 1960s, I started my research career with studies of molecular evolution at the Karolinska Institute, but soon switched to the history of ideas and philosophy of science at Umeå University.
In 1973 I moved to Denmark where I taught history of science to undergraduates at Roskilde University and did research for my PhD thesis on the history of ecology, and also wrote about political issue for Swedish newspapers and magazines.
After completing my PhD in theory of science (‘videnskabsteori’) at the University of Gothenburg in 1986, I began taking my academic career seriously. Over the next 15 years, I specialized in the history of immunology, in methodological studies in the historiography of recent science, and especially in scientific biography as a genre.
In 1999, I was appointed to the chair in history of medicine at the University of Copenhagen and spent the following 15+ years building a new kind of biomedical museum institution (Medical Museion). During the last 15 years I have also had an increasingly active presence on social media, writing about the interface between biomedicine, aesthetics and museums; and, in the last couple of years, about the genre of autobiography and my own life.
I retired in 2016 and am now emeritus professor in my former department. In addition, I have a secondary affiliation as adjunct emeritus professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University in Sweden.
In the course of this half century in Academia, I have written hundreds of articles and a couple of books, given even more seminar, lectures and invited talks, trained thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, supervised two handfulls of PhD students, curated a couple exhibitions, and even made a few sci-art works. For details, see links to curriculum vitae, publications, etc. in the column to the right.
I also (surprise, surprise!) have a somewhat more private life — but more about that in the forthcoming memoir.