Bergström, Sune Karl

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Sune Karl Bergström (sōō´nə, bĕr´yəström), 1916–2004, Swedish biochemist, grad. Karolinska Institute (Ph.D., M.D., 1944). With his former pupil B. I. Samuelsson and John R. Vane, he was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The trio won the prize for their identification and description of prostaglandins, which affect such functions as blood pressure and body temperature. Bergström was associated with the Karolinska Institute for much of his career, serving as president from 1969 to 1977. He also taught at the Univ. of Lund, Sweden (1947–58), was chairman of the Nobel Foundation's board (1975–87), and chaired the World Health Organization's advisory committee on medical research (1977–82).