Famous Swedish Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 Swedenborg

Swedenborg
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Famous As: Theologian, Philosopher, Scientist
Birthdate: January 29, 1688
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 29, 1772

Emanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish pluralistic-Christian philosopher, mystic, theologian, and scientist. Swedenborg started hogging the limelight after writing a book on the afterlife titled Heaven and Hell, which released in 1758. A prolific scientist and inventor, Swedenborg experienced spiritual awakening after which he started working on reforming Christianity. He even claimed that he could converse with angels and demons.

 2 Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsingborg

 3 Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: February 7, 2017
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 4 Gunnar Myrdal

Gunnar Myrdal
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gagnef
Died: May 17, 1987

Son of a building contractor, Nobel Memorial Prize-winning Swedish economist and sociologist Gunnar Myrdal attained a Rockefeller fellowship to the U.S. and also taught as a professor. Through his book An American Dilemma, he explored the socio-economic issues of the African-American community and laid down concepts such as cumulative causation.

 5 Knut Wicksell

Knut Wicksell
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 3, 1926

 6 Fredrik Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: August 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Österhaninge

 7 Sven Hedin

Sven Hedin
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Famous As: Geographer, Explorer
Birthdate: February 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 26, 1952

Sven Hedin was a Swedish topographer, geographer, photographer, explorer, illustrator, and travel writer. He is best known for making four expeditions to Central Asia. He later shared his experience in a book titled From Pole to Pole. A respected explorer, Hedin was honored with several prestigious awards and medals during his lifetime.

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 8 Carl-Henric Svanberg

Carl-Henric Svanberg
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Economist
Birthdate: May 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Porjus

 9 Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer
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Famous As: Poet, Translator, Psychologist
Birthdate: April 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 26, 2015

Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer was raised by his mother after his parents split. He initially worked as a psychologist. Known for books such as 17 dikter, he specialized in modernist imagery and metaphors. A skilled pianist, he played with his left hand after his right side was paralyzed.

 10 Sara Danius

Sara Danius
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Famous As: Literary Critic
Birthdate: April 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Täby, Sweden
Died: October 12, 2019

 11 Alva Myrdal

Alva Myrdal
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: January 31, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: February 1, 1986

Alva Myrdal was a Swedish politician, diplomat, and sociologist. She played a major role during the disarmament movement in Sweden, for which she was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1982. She also chaired the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute after playing a key role in its creation. Throughout her career, Myrdal was honored with many prestigious awards.

 12 Håkan Nesser

Håkan Nesser
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kumla

 13 Arvid Carlsson

Arvid Carlsson
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Famous As: Neuropharmacologist
Birthdate: January 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: June 29, 2018

 14 Ivar Jacobson

Ivar Jacobson
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: September 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ystad

 15 Anders Retzius

Anders Retzius
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: October 13, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lund, Sweden
Died: April 18, 1860

 16 Bertil Gotthard Ohlin

Bertil Gotthard Ohlin
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: April 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Klippan, Scania
Died: August 3, 1979

Bertil Gotthard Ohlin was a Swedish economist best known for developing what became known as the Heckscher–Ohlin model together with Eli Heckscher. He had a long career as a professor of economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. Along with British economist James Meade, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1977. 

 17 Lisbeth Palme

Lisbeth Palme
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 18, 2018

 18 Vilhelm Moberg

Vilhelm Moberg
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 20, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Algutsboda, Sweden
Died: August 8, 1973

 19 Gad Anders Rausing

Gad Anders Rausing
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: May 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bromma, Sweden
Died: January 20, 2000

 20 Rudolf Kjellén

Rudolf Kjellén
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: June 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torsö, Sweden
Died: November 14, 1922

 21 Ishtiaq Ahmed

Ishtiaq Ahmed
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: February 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 22 Eli Filip Heckscher

Eli Filip Heckscher
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 24, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 23, 1952

 23 Gustav Cassel

Gustav Cassel
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 20, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 14, 1945

 24 Torbern Olof Bergman

Torbern Olof Bergman
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Famous As: Chemist and naturalist
Birthdate: March 20, 1735
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Katrineberg, Sweden
Died: July 8, 1784

 25 Torsten Hägerstrand

Torsten Hägerstrand
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Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: October 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moheda, Sweden
Died: May 4, 2004

 26 Ulf Hannerz

Ulf Hannerz
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: June 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

 27 Johan Gunnar Andersson

Johan Gunnar Andersson
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: July 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Närke, Sweden
Died: October 29, 1960

 28 Erik Gustaf Geijer

Erik Gustaf Geijer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 12, 1783
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ransäter, Sweden
Died: April 23, 1847

 29 Erik Robert Lindahl

Erik Robert Lindahl
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 6, 1960

 30 Axel Hägerström

Axel Hägerström
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 6, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vireda, Sweden
Died: July 7, 1939

 31 Oscar Montelius

Oscar Montelius
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: September 9, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 4, 1921

 32 Johannes Magnus

Johannes Magnus
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: March 19, 1488
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden
Died: March 22, 1544

 33 Nils Edén

Nils Edén
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: August 25, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Piteå, Sweden
Died: June 16, 1945

 34 Lennart Hellsing

Lennart Hellsing
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Famous As: Linguist, Poet, Writer, Translator, Children's writer
Birthdate: June 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Västanfors
Died: November 25, 2015

 35 Georg Stiernhielm

Georg Stiernhielm
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Famous As: Civil servant
Birthdate: August 7, 1598
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vika, Sweden
Died: April 22, 1672

 36 Olof Celsius

Olof Celsius
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: July 19, 1670
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: June 24, 1756

 37 Olof von Dalin

Olof von Dalin
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 29, 1708
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinberg, Sweden
Died: August 12, 1763

 38 Erland Nordenskiöld

Erland Nordenskiöld
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Famous As: Archeologist
Birthdate: July 19, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: July 5, 1932

 39 Herbert Tingsten

Herbert Tingsten
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Famous As: Political Sientist
Birthdate: March 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Järfälla Municipality, Sweden
Died: December 26, 1973

 40 Oscar Levertin

Oscar Levertin
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 17, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valdemarsvik Municipality, Sweden
Died: September 22, 1906

 41 Thomas Thorild

Thomas Thorild
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 18, 1759
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bohuslän, Sweden
Died: October 1, 1808

 42 Harald Hjärne

Harald Hjärne
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: May 2, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: January 6, 1922

 43 Axel Brusewitz

Axel Brusewitz
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: June 9, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vichtis, Finland
Died: September 27, 1950