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Who was Sven Lovén?

Sven Lovén was born in 1809 and died at the age of 86. He was a Professor of Zoology. In 1840, Lovén was elected to the Academy of Sciences and, the following year, he was appointed Professor and Curator of the Invertebrate Department of the National Museum of Natural History. He served in that position until 1892.

Source: Center for History of Science, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Sven Lovén is regarded as the founder of Marine Zoology in Sweden. Between 1870 and 1892, Lovén devoted most of his scientific work to echinoderms, mostly sea urchins. For that purpose, Lovén founded Kristineberg's zoological station, later to become Kristineberg' Marine Research Station. He published many scientific articles and his work occupied a prominent place within the body of zoological literature in existence at the time which concerned these groups of animals.

Internationally, Lovén is best known for his work on embryo development in molluscs and their common larval stage, what is known as the trochophora larva (sometimes also called Lovén's larva). Sven Lovén was the first Swede to undertake a scientific expedition to a polar region. He did this in 1837 when he went to Spitsbergen.

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