Medicine professor, pathologist.
Robin Fåhræus was born in Stockholm and was professor of pathology from 1928 to 1955.
With its epochal examinations of the suspension stability of the red blood cells (ESR or sed rate), Fåhræus has reached international notoriety.
In his dissertation from 1921, The Suspension Stability of the blood, the speed with which the blood cells drop to the bottom of a test tube and the lowering reaction was described as a sensitive albeit unspecific indication of ongoing disease processes in the body.
Together with The Svedberg, Fåhræus contributed to the determination of the molecular mass of the haemoglobin.
Examples of his lifelong writing are the books Blod in the history of medicine (1924) and The History of Medicine (1944–1950).
Fåhræus, together with Anders Diös, pushed forward the restoration of the national hall at Uppsala Castle.
Burial site: 0112-0547
Image description: Robin Fåhraeus at University House, Uppsala 1955. Photo: Uppsala-Bild / Upplandsmuseet. [The image is cropped]
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