Summary in English

Nils Johan Tjärnlund is a Science Writer working regularly for radio and press since 2001, although he wrote his first article in the daily Sundsvalls Tidning already in 1993.

He was educated at Uppsala University (studies in history, classical history and latin) and Mid Sweden University (studies in journalism).

He has been affiliated with the Science Department of Swedish Radio since 2001, three years as a member of the editorial staff and from 2006 as free contributor. During that time he has produced more than 300 broadcasts. That includes working as editor and host of the popular midday programme “Vetandets värld”, covering science-in-general, and as editor and host of “Vetandets världs gränstrakter”, dealing with issues in the burning point between science and humanities.

He has also covered the annual Nobel prizes in science, interviewing laureates at their institutes, for example Arvid Carlsson and Vitaly Ginzburg, and reporting from the Nobel Week in Stockholm.

In 2006 he was producer and host of “Vetenskapsradion Forum”, covering arts and humanities and social sciences. He also produced “Under stjärnorna”, an astronomy show discussing new fields in space research and historical perspectives on famous astronomer Tycho Brahe.

Tjärnlund is a Science Contributor for the news magazine Fokus regularly since its launch in December 2005. He is also a Science Contributor for The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. It is one of the largest financiers of research in Sweden with annual grants of around 700 million SEK.

In 2009 Tjärnlund published a book describing the architecture of the beautiful Stenstaden, the astonishingly well-preserved town centre of Sundsvall created in the 1890s after a devastating fire.

He has received several scholarships, among those grants from Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Författarförbundet, Journalistfonden, Polska institutet (The Polish Institute in Stockholm), Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council) and Byggnadsföreningen i Stockholm. In 2005 he was a co-recipient of Kunskapspriset from Nationalencyklopedin (250.000 SEK) “for submitting Swedish listeners with exciting and in-depth reports from the scientific field”.

Nils Johan Tjärnlund was born in Sundsvall in 1978 and shares his time between an apartment in the beautiful Stenstaden and an apartment in the historical surroundings of the famous Linnaeus Garden in central Uppsala.