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New member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Anders Hedentröm, professor in theoretical ecology at Lund University in Sweden, has been elected a new member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Anders Hedenström.
Anders Hedenström. Photo: Susanne Åkesson

”I am honoured and very proud. It proves that my research is important,” he says.

Anders Hedenström, professor at the Department of Biology in Lund, is one of nine new members of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

On their website the Academy gives its motivation: ”Anders Hedenström is a world leading scientist in biomechanics. He has developed pioneering new techniques to study the aerodynamics of flying animals and has created an internationally distinguished research group.”

Anders Hedenström and his colleagues study the flight of birds, bats and insects in a specially designed wind tunnel in Lund. They analyze the flapping of the wings and the air flow it creates. These studies are then used to create theoretical models that describe the aerodynamic of the animals’ flight. Anders Hedenström also studies bird migration in the wild.

His results has reached national as well as international media several times. For example a little bit more than a year ago when he presented revolutionary results about the common swift. In his research he found that the common swift flies ten months on end without landing. A world record!

Anders Hedenström defended his doctoral thesis in 1995. Immediately after he started his postdoc at University of Cambridge in the UK where he studied bumblebee flight with professor Charlie Ellington. The same year, 1995, he applied for and got the position as assistant professor in animal ecology, Lund University. In 2004 Anders Hedenström was promoted to professor.

Jan Olsson

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