Jubilee doctor is at title earned by individuals who received their doctoral degrees fifty years earlier at the same university. Tord Claeson was the only one to be honored in this way in 2018.
He became civil engineer in the field of engineering physics in 1963, and continued his academic career by defending his thesis in 1967, resumed by assignments as researcher at both Chalmers and Gothenburg University. In 1982, Tord Claeson was appointed to professor of physics at Chalmers.
Over the years, he has also been a guest researcher at the University of California and Stanford University in the United States, and has stayed for longer periods in Japan and Korea.
Tord Claeson's research has included basic condensed matter physics as well as different applications, primarily hypersensitive sensors based on superconducting tunnel effects. He has also been deeply engaged in the field of high-temperature superconductivity, regularly used the synchrotron radiation facility at Stanford, and advocated facilities for nanostructures at Chalmers.
He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg (KVVS), the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and the Korean and Flemish science academies. He has also been a member of the Nobel Committee for Physics, and has received several awards, including the Jacob Wallenberg Prize, the IVA Gold Medal, and the Celsius and Chalmers Medals.
Tord Claeson is one of the legendary MC2 pioneers and has been a part of the department ever since it was founded in the year 2000. Many are the PhD students who have had him as supervisor over the years. Tord Claeson has fostered many of today's leaders – both those who have stayed in different positions at MC2, and those who have undertaken leading challenges in Sweden and abroad.
Tord Claeson was born in Varberg in 1938. In November he turns 80 years old.
Text: Michael Nystås and the Communications and Marketing department
Photo: Susannah Carlsson and Anna-Lena Lundqvist