Mikael Eriksson, born 1945, is elected into tThe Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA’s) department for Basics of technology and its border areas.
He got a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Lund University, Sweden, and his doctorate degree in 1976 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. In 1981 Eriksson became Associate Professor in Physics in Lund, in 1982 he became Professor in Accelerator Technologies at KTH and in 1983 Professor in Accelerator Physics in Lund, a position he still holds today.
Eriksson is also Machine Director at MAX IV Laboratory, and has during the past four decades been a driving force behind the different generations of synchrotrons built in Lund, from MAX I to MAX IV.
MAX IV will be the world’s first hard X-ray synchrotron source based on a new concept developed by Eriksson and it has inspired several facilities around the world.
Mikael Eriksson received IVA’s Gold Medal for his work earlier this year and has previously received the KTH Great Prize of SEK 1 million in 2011.