Sweden, and specifically, Uppsala University, were key players in the development and evolution of proteomics over the last century.
The invention of the analytical ultracentrifuge by Theodore (Thé) Svedberg, which resulted in a Nobel Prize in 1926, paved the way for molecular biology and proteomics. This device proved that proteins were a kind of macromolecule and helped distinguish proteins from one another. The Svedberg Lab was also where another bright Nobel laureate, Arne Tiselius, invented electrophoresis for the study of proteins and other molecules. Tiselius was also the founder of LKB, one of Sweden’s largest manufacturers of laboratory and medical instruments.