Announcing an


International Symposium
Swedish Inventions and Swedish Inventors

Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, 2000
Knopf Room, Flawn Academic Center
The University of Texas at Austin

Join us for a two-day symposium
free and open to the public
For more information, call: (512) 471-4123


Parking information: Garage no 2 on San Antonio street (one block from Guadalupe)has been reserved for the Symposium. The Garage will be available on Fri and Sat, March 24, and 25. The symposium begins at 9:30 am on Friday and 9:00 on Saturday and will be in the KNOPF room on the 4rth floor of Flawn Academic Center. Parking has been reserved for 75 cars.

The number of Swedish inventions which impact modern everyday life--from the adjustable wrench to milk packaging to advances in telecommunications--is astonishing. With contributions from prominent Swedish guest scholars, UT professors and visitors will explore Swedish contributions to world technology and try to understand the place of these achievements in their historical and cultural contexts. The aim is to better understand the general conditions of technological creativity.


Friday, March 24th

9:00 - Coffee/light brunch

9:30 - John Weinstock

Opening Remarks:
University of Texas Vice President and Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson

United States Ambassador to Sweden Lyndon Olson

Swedish Ambassador to the United States Rolf Ekéus

10:10 - Lars Gustafsson: Eulogy for Gad Rausing

10:30 - Michael Lindgren (Halmstad): Christopher Polhem: Inventor, Innovator and Entrepreneur

12:00 - Lunch

1:30 - Sven Widmalm (Uppsala): Wizards in Context: The Creative Milieu of Herman Nilsson-Ehle, Manne Siegbahn and The Svedberg

2:30 - Anders Lundgren (Uppsala): Blood Plasma and Local Anaesthetics: The Scientific Background to Two Swedish Pharmaceutical Inventions During the 1940's

3:30 - Coffee

4:00 - Panel discussion: Writing the Inventions: Methods and Problems in the History of Technology, chaired by Bengt-Arne Vedin (Stockholm)

Saturday, March 25th

9:00 - Bengt-Arne Vedin (Stockholm): Learning From Double Failure the Way to Success: the Route to the World's Bestselling Telephone Switch

10:00 - Coffee

10:30 - Sverker Sörlin (Umeå): Technology from Universities in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Swedish-American Comparison

11:45 - Lunch

1:00 - Hans Weinberger (Royal Institute of Technology): Losing Patronage: The Decline of the Independent Inventor and the Rise of Organized Creativity

2:00 - Sören Törnkvist (Stockholm/Dar es Salaam): Learning to Be Creative?

3:00 - Coffee

3:30 - Panel discussion: The Sources of Creativity, chaired by Dr. James Truchard (National Instruments)

Sponsored by

The Swedish Studies Excellence Endowment
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation Excellence Endowment
TetraPak Corporation and ABB
in cooperation with the Scandinavian Program in the Germanic Studies Department,
College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

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