Lindqvist is the son of architect Åke E. Lindqvist and Barbro Åström. He holds an MSE in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology since 1977. After contact with Torsten Althin, he had written a thesis with focus on historical technology. He holds a Ph.D in science and ideas history from Uppsala University since 1984. His doctoral dissertation was about the introduction of the steam engine in Sweden in the early 18th century.
Lindqvist later became a professor of art history at the Royal Institute of Technology, but left in 1998 to become head of the Nobel Museum, which was inaugurated in 2001.
Lindqvist is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 1992, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) since 1994 and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities since 2002.
- 23x15px H. M. The King's Medal of the 12th size in the Order of the Seraphim ribbon (Kong: sGM12mserafb) "for significant contributions in the museum sector and in the subject of technology history," on 28 January 2010.
- 23x15px Member 1st Class of Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (EPTMk1kl) in connection with the Estonian state visit on 18 January 2011.
- Press release from the Royal Court on August 26, 2009: Professor Svante Lindqvist new Marshal of the Realm
- Chalmers: Torsten Althin (1897–1982)
- Svante Lindqvists webbplats, read on 14 July 2009
- Royal Academy of Sciences - Svante Lindqvist is the new praeses at the Royal Academy of Sciences, Press Release on 18 December 2008.
- Royal Academy of Sciences - Barbara Cannonis the new praeses at the Royal Academy of Sciences, Press Release on 7 February 2012.
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|Marshal of the Realm of Sweden
|Order of precedence|
as prime minister
|Swedish order of precedence|| Succeeded by|
Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister
as Mistress of the Robes