Professor Wilhelm Einar Stellan Hjertén of the Uppsala University was presented with the Arnold O. Beckman Award and Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Electrodriven Separations on Monday, March 11, 2013 during the 29th International Symposium on MicroScale Bioseparations in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Stellan Hjertén's investigations have been devoted to various techniques for the purification and characterization of biological substances including proteins, viruses and bacteria, to what he calls the artificial antibodies. His methods were distinguished by not permitting interactions, in chromatography, between the solute and chromatographic bed, and in electrophoresis, between the solute and the supporting medium - all surfaces with which analytes came in contact had to be hydrophilic. This led to his introduction of agarose and polyacrylamide gels for chromatography and electrophoresis.
During his rich research life, he invented, promoted, and developed many new materials, techniques, terms, and theories. Clearly, it would be difficult to find a biochemist or analytical chemist who has never heard of Stellan Hjertén and his accomplishments. "Professor Hjertén's career truly embodies the values in which this award was created to acknowledge, and his scientific legacy has shaped what is now state-of-the-art implementation of electrophoresis" says Jeff Chapman, Director of Scientific Alliances at Beckman Coulter.