"This is a biography of Svante Arrhenius written by his grandson, Dr. Niels Dahlgren, an
anesthesiologist in Lund, Sweden. This text was completed in late 1990. JWS." -inscribed
on title page.
Svante Arrhenius was born in 1859 in Vik, Sweden. After attending the Cathedral School in
Uppsala, Arrhenius studied mathematics, chemistry and physics at the University of
Uppsala. He passed the candidate's examination in 1878 and in 1881 went to Stockholm to
work under physicist Erik Edlund of the Swedish Academy of Sciences. He obtained his
doctorate in 1884; his doctoral dissertation discussed the electrolytic theory of
dissociation. He was appointed lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of
Uppsala in 1884. A travel grant from the Swedish Academy enabled him to work abroad in
Amsterdam, Berlin, Leipzig and Vienna. In 1905 he became director of the physical
chemistry department of the Nobel Institute.