Sven is professor at the Department of History of Sciences and Ideas, Uppsala University, and was previously professor at the Department for Thematic Research, Unit for Technology and Social Change, Linköping University. He is a member of the Board of Uppsala University and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm.
Sven’s main research interests lie in the history of science from the 18th century onwards. He has published on the history of astronomy, experimental physics, and biochemistry, among other subject. He is currently working on the scientific relations between Sweden and Germany in the NS period.