Rolf Torstendahl

professor emeritus at Department of History

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 A

Postal address:
Box 628
751 26 UPPSALA

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ROLF TORSTENDAHL Curriculum vitae

Born 9 Jan. 1936, in Jönköping, Sweden


Matriculation examination from Eksjö gymnasium 1954; Fil. kand. examen, Uppsala University, 1956; Fil. ämbetsexamen, Uppsala University, 1957; Fil. licentiatexamen, Uppsala University, 1961; Fil. doktorsgrad, (doctor's degree) Uppsala University, 1964 (awarded with the title of docent)


Lecturer, Department of History, Uppsala University 1964-1967; Associate Professor, Department of History, Uppsala university 1968-1978; Professor (Sven Warburg Professor) of History, University of Stockholm 1978-1980; Professor of History, Uppsala University, 1981-2000; Emeritus professor of Uppsala University 2001- ;-- Director of The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (SCASSS), 1985-1990; Head of the Department of History, Uppsala University, 1993-1997; Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Uppsala University, 1994-1999

Academies and Learned Societies and Dr h.c.:

Member of Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskapssamfundet (The Royal Society of Scholarship), Uppsala, 1982; Member of Kungl. Vitterhets, Historie och Antikvitetsakademien (The Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities), Stockholm, 1986; Member of Academia Europaea, Cambridge and London, 1989; Member of Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi (The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters), Oslo, 1989; Honorary member of the Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Science, Ekaterinburg, 1995; Member of Vetenskapssocieteten (the Society of Science), Uppsala, 1997; Doctor honoris causa at the Russian State University for the Humanities, RGGU, March 2006.

Attached as Guest Researcher to Foreign Institutes:

Letterstedt scholar at the Department of History, Oslo University, March 1974; Fellow at the Maison des sciences de l'homme, March 1983; Fellow at the Historische Kommission, Berlin, Oct. 1984; Attached to the Indian Institute of Public Administration, March 1991, February 1992; Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, April 1991; Fellow at The Institute of Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin, Oct.-Dec. 1992; Guest researcher at the British Academy, March 1993; Guest researcher at The Australian Academy of the Humanities, Aug.-Sept. 1998; Fellow at SCASSS, Sept. 1999 – June 2000

Major finished research projects (with funding):

Natural scientists and engineers in the industrial revolution in Sweden (with Gunnar Eriksson and Nils Runeby), funded by RJ; Bureaucratisation in Sweden and Europe after 1850 (with Karl Molin and Thorsten Nybom) funded by RJ and HSFR; Professions in theory and history, funded by FRN, HSFR and RJ via SCASSS; State theory and state history, funded by FRN, HSFR and RJ via SCASSS; The social organisation of iron-making in Sweden and Russia in comparative perspective (with V. Alekseyev), funded by HSFR and KVA; Policy-making in Sweden and the two German states 1945-1989 (with Bo Stråth and in collaboration with German researchers), funded by HSFR; State transformation in Russia and Sweden 1890-1917 (with Natalia Selunskaya, Moscow State University MGU), funded by STINT; Democratic culture and institutions in Russia (with Axel Hadenius and Anders Fogelklou, the historical part in collaboration with Natalia Selunskaya, MGU), funded by Kulturvetenskapliga donationen, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.


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