Uppsala University

Discover the notable alumni of Uppsala University. The list includes people like Anna Eberstein, Gustaf V of Sweden, Emmanuel Swedenborg, Hans Rosling & Louise of Sweden. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, intellectuals & academics, scientists, writers and leaders etc.
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Dag Hammarskjöld
(Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961)
Dag Hammarskjöld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Died: September 18, 1961

Dag Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat and economist. In 1953, Hammarskjöld became the youngest person to be appointed as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He died in airplane crash in 1961. Dag Hammarskjöld became the first person to be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
(Heir Apparent to the Swedish Throne and Eldest Child of King ‘Carl XVI Gustav’ and Queen ‘Silvia’)
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden
Victoria, the Crown Princess of Sweden and the Duchess of Västergötland, is the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf. She is the heir to the Swedish throne by Sweden’s Act of Succession that brought about royal absolute primogeniture into practice. She also works to raise money for disabled children.
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August Strindberg
(Father of Modern Swedish Literature)
August Strindberg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 14, 1912

August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, painter, essayist, novelist, and poet. He wrote over 30 works of fiction and more than 60 plays in an illustrious career that spanned 40 years. Widely regarded as the father of modern Swedish literature, Strindberg is best remembered for his work The Red Room, which is considered the first modern Swedish novel.

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Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
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Birthdate: April 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has been serving as the king of Sweden since the demise of his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973. He is currently the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Sweden. Apart from being passionate about the environment, agriculture, technology, and trade, the king is also fond of automobiles and owns many Porsche 911s.

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Charles XII of Sweden
(King of Sweden (1697 – 1718))
Charles XII of Sweden
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Birthdate: June 27, 1682
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 11, 1718
Charles XII ruled Sweden as an absolute monarch for 18 years during the Great Northern War. He took over the throne at 15. Although appreciated for his effective legal and tax reforms, he is known to have led Sweden to immense destruction by participating in the 1707-1709 campaign against Russia.
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Swedenborg
(Swedish Christian Scientist, Philosopher and Theologian Best Known for His Book ‘Heaven and Hell’)
Swedenborg
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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.

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Hans Rosling
(Swedish Physician, Co-Founder and Chairman of the 'Gapminder Foundation')
Hans Rosling
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: February 7, 2017

A Swedish physician, academic, and public speaker, Hans Rosling was the co-founder of Gapminder Foundation, that is known for the development the Trendalyzer software system. He gave several talks/lectures, presented television documentaries like Don’t Panic: The Truth about Population and also co-authored a bestselling book titled Factfulness. Additionally, he was a professor of international health at Karolinska Institute too.

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Oscar II of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1872 to 1907)
Oscar II of Sweden
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Birthdate: January 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stadsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 8, 1907
Oscar II ruled as the king of both Sweden and Norway., His reign witnessed the dissolution of the union between the two countries in 1905. A lover of literature and the arts, he had penned several books and had also built the world’s first open-air museum, near Oslo.
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Svante Pääbo
(As one of the founder of paleogenetics, he has worked extensively on the neanderthal genome)
Svante Pääbo
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Louise of Sweden
(Queen of Denmark)
Louise of Sweden
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Birthdate: October 31, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 20, 1926
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Charles X Gustav of Sweden
(King)
Charles X Gustav of Sweden
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Birthdate: November 8, 1622
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyköping Castle, Sweden
Died: February 13, 1660
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Anders Jonas Ångström
(Swedish Physicist and One of the Founders of the Science of Spectroscopy)
Anders Jonas Ångström
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Timrå Municipality, Sweden
Died: June 21, 1874

Anders Jonas Ångström was a Swedish physicist best remembered for co-founding the science of spectroscopy. He is also renowned for his studies of terrestrial magnetism, astrophysics, heat transfer, and the aurora borealis. In 1850, Anders Jonas Ångström was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.  

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Gustaf V
(Former King of Sweden (1907 - 1950))
Gustaf V
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Birthdate: June 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 29, 1950

Swedish king Gustaf V was the eldest son of King Oscar II. His motto was “With the people for the Fatherland.” Post-World War I, he became a mere constitutional monarch, as the parliamentary government came into full-fledged effect. He was also the first Swedish king to not have a formal coronation.

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Sigvard Bernadotte
(Count of Wisborg)
Sigvard Bernadotte
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 4, 2002
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Anna Lindh
(Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden)
Anna Lindh
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 11, 2003

Anna Lindh was a Swedish lawyer and politician who served as the Minister for the Environment from 1994 to 1996. She then went on to serve as the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1998 until her murder in 2003. In April 2004, Anna Lindh was honored posthumously by the EastWest Institute with the Statesman of the Year Award. 

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Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1950 to 1973)
Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden
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Birthdate: November 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 15, 1973

Gustaf VI Adolf reigned as the king of Sweden from 1950 until his death in 1973. He is best remembered for approving the constitutional changes that removed the monarchy's last nominal political powers. He was also an amateur archaeologist and was interested in the cultures of Ancient Italy.

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Carl-Henric Svanberg
(Swedish Businessman and Chairman of Volvo)
Carl-Henric Svanberg
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Birthdate: May 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Porjus, Sweden

Since 2012, Swedish businessman Carl-Henric Svanberg has led AB Volvo, the global trucks and construction equipment manufacturer, as its chairman. Previously he worked as the chairman of British oil and gas company BP plc and CEO of the Swedish telecommunication company Ericsson. Still earlier, as CEO, he led the Assa Abloy Group to become a global leader in its industry.

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Alva Myrdal
(Swedish Politician and Sociologist & Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982)
Alva Myrdal
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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.

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Gustaf de Laval
(Swedish Engineer and Inventor Known for His Contributions to the Design of Steam Turbines)
Gustaf de Laval
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Birthdate: May 9, 1845
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orsa, Dalarna, Sweden
Died: February 2, 1913

Swedish scientist and engineer Gustaf de Laval is remembered for his pioneering contribution to the development of high-speed turbines and the de Laval nozzle. He also made milk-cream separators and milking machines. Apart from being a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, he was also named to the Swedish parliament.

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Håkan Nesser
(Swedish Author and Teacher)
Håkan Nesser
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden

Håkan Nesser is a Swedish screenwriter, author, and former school teacher. He is best known for his crime novels about a fictional retired commissioner named Van Veeteren. These novels have been translated into many European languages and have achieved international fame. 

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Axel Munthe
(Swedish-born Psychiatrist and Medical Doctor)
Axel Munthe
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 31, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oskarshamn, Sweden
Died: February 11, 1949

Axel Munthe was a Swedish-born psychiatrist and medical doctor. He is best remembered for writing an autobiographical work titled The Story of San Michele. Munthe often risked his own life to offer medical help during war, plague, and disaster. He also treated the poor without charge. Axel Munthe was also a well-known animal rights activist.

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Asa Larsson
(Writer)
Asa Larsson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
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Pär Lagerkvist
(Swedish Author Who Won the 1951 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Pär Lagerkvist
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Växjö, Sweden
Died: July 11, 1974

Nobel Prize-winning Swedish author Pär Lagerkvist is remembered for his bestselling novels The Dwarf and Barabbas. He mostly used religious figures to examine the question of good and evil. One of his prose novellas, The Hangman, was later adapted for the stage. He also chaired the Swedish Academy.

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Ebba Busch
(Leader of the Christian Democrats)
Ebba Busch
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

In April 2015, Swedish politician Ebba-Elisabeth Busch succeeded Göran Hägglund as the leader of the Christian Democrats party in Sweden. The alumnus of the Uppsala University has represented the Västra Götaland County East in the Swedish parliament (Riksdag) since 2018 and is also a member of Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and The War Delegation.

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Carl Wilhelm Scheele
(Swedish German Chemist Who Discovered Oxygen)
Carl Wilhelm Scheele
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 9, 1742
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stralsund, Germany
Died: May 21, 1786

Born to a German merchant, Carl Wilhelm Scheele was initially trained as a pharmacist but later switched to chemistry. He began his academic career in Sweden. He is best known for discovering oxygen, apart from countless chemical elements such as barium and chlorine and many organic acids.

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Carl Michael Bellman
(Songwriter)
Carl Michael Bellman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 4, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 11, 1795
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Hjalmar Branting
(Former Prime Minister of Sweden Who Served for Three Terms Between 1920 and 1924)
Hjalmar Branting
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 24, 1925

One of the prominent names in the formation of the Social Democratic Party of Sweden and also its leader from 1907 to 1925, Karl Hjalmar Branting served thrice as the Prime Minister of Sweden between 1920 and 1925. In 1921, the father of socialism in Sweden was awarded Nobel Peace Prize together with Norwegian diplomat Christian Lous Lange.

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Charles XV of Sweden
(King)
Charles XV of Sweden
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Birthdate: May 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 18, 1872
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Sven Hedin
(Swedish Geographer, Topographer and Explorer Who Published Books About His Travels All Over Asia and the Middle East)
Sven Hedin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Nyamko Sabuni
(Politician)
Nyamko Sabuni
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bujumbura, Burundi

Daughter of an asylum seeker from Zaire, Nyamko Sabuni has politics in her blood, possibly inherited from her left wing politician father.  A member of the Liberal Party, she entered politics when an Ivorian refugee was killed by a Neo Nazi. She served as a minister from 2006 to 2013 and became the first ethnic minority to become a party leader.

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Hugo Alfvén
(Composer)
Hugo Alfvén
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 1, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 8, 1960
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Sara Danius
(Literary Critic)
Sara Danius
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Birthdate: April 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Täby, Sweden
Died: October 12, 2019

Sara Danius was a Swedish professor of literary studies and essayist. She is best remembered for writing about the relationship between society and literature and dealt with authors like Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Mann, and Marcel Proust. Over the course of her illustrious career, Sara Danius was honored with several prestigious awards like Gerard Bonnier's Essay Prize and Lena Nyman Prize.

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Wilhelm Stenhammar
(Composer, Conductor)
Wilhelm Stenhammar
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 20, 1927
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Anette Norberg
(Swedish Retired Curler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Anette Norberg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Härnösand, Sweden
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Rudolf Kjellén
(Swedish Political Scientist, Geographer and Politician Who First Coined the Term 'Geopolitics')
Rudolf Kjellén
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Birthdate: June 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torsö, Sweden
Died: November 14, 1922

Rudolf Kjellén was a Swedish politician, geographer, and political scientist. Apart from coining the term geopolitics, Kjellén is also credited with laying the foundations for the German Geopolitik. Rudolf Kjellén also served as a professor of political sciences and statistics at the University of Gothenburg. 

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Johan Gadolin
(Finnish Physicist, Chemist, and Mineralogist Who Achieved Popularity for His Description of Yttrium)
Johan Gadolin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 5, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: August 15, 1852

Johan Gadolin was a Finnish physicist, chemist, and mineralogist. He achieved popularity for his description of yttrium, the first rare-earth element. Johan Gadolin is also remembered for his service as a professor at the Royal Academy of Turku, where he became one of the first chemists to give laboratory exercises to students.

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Prince Eugen, Duke of Narke
(Artist)
Prince Eugen, Duke of Narke
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Drottningholm Palace, Sweden
Died: August 17, 1947

Swedish painter Prince Eugen, Duke of Narke was the youngest son of Prince Oscar, Duke of Östergötland. Though he initially didn’t aspire to become a painter, he later became one of the finest landscape painters of his time. He was homosexual, but his orientation was not known to the general public.

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Carl Peter Thunberg
(Botanist)
Carl Peter Thunberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 11, 1743
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Died: August 8, 1828

Carl Peter Thunberg was a Swedish naturalist best remembered as one of the apostles of Carl Linnaeus. Along with other students of Linnaeus, Thunberg spent seven years in Asia and southern Africa, gathering and describing animals and plants new to European science. Thanks to his extensive research on plants, Thunberg is referred to as the father of South African botany.      

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Karin Boye
(Considered as One of the Leading Poets of Swedish Modernism)
Karin Boye
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 24, 1941

Apart from being a famous poet in Sweden, Karin Boye also gained international fame with her sci-fi novel Kallocain. She was one of the chief figures of Swedish modern poetry and of the Clarté Socialist movement. After separating from her economist husband, Leif Björk, she had 2 lesbian relationships. She died by suicide.

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Per-Olov Enquist
(Swedish Author and Journalist Known for His Documentary-Style Novels)
Per-Olov Enquist
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hjoggböle, Sweden
Died: April 25, 2020

Swedish author and journalist Per-Olov Enquist was raised by a single mother and excelled in high jump in his early years. Known for his documentary approach in his writings, he penned award-winning novels, such as Legionärerna. The Nordic Prize winner died at age 85, after a long battle with cancer.

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Magnus Gabriel, count de la Gardie
(Swedish Military Man and Statesman)
Magnus Gabriel, count de la Gardie
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 15, 1622
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: April 26, 1686

Magnus Gabriel, Count De la Gardie was a Swedish military man and statesman. He is remembered as the holder of three of the five Great Offices of the Realm, namely the offices of the Lord High Treasurer, Lord High Chancellor, and Lord High Steward of Sweden. He is also regarded as one of the biggest patrons of art and science.

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Ludvig Nordström
(Author)
Ludvig Nordström
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Birthdate: February 25, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Härnösand, Sweden
Died: April 15, 1942
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Helge von Koch
(Mathematician)
Helge von Koch
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 25, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: March 11, 1924

Helge von Koch was a Swedish mathematician who served as a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University College. He is credited with describing a popular fractal known as the Koch curve, which is named after him. Helge von Koch is also credited with writing many papers on number theory.

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Erik Axel Karlfeldt
(Swedish Poet Who Was Awarded the Nobel Prize Posthumously)
Erik Axel Karlfeldt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 20, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlbo, Dalarna, Sweden
Died: April 8, 1931

Swedish poet Erik Axel Karlfeldt is mostly remembered for his regional poetry that portrayed the peasant life and culture of his homeland. He rejected the Nobel Prize once due to his membership of the Swedish Academy that awards the prize but was awarded the Nobel posthumously.

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Theodor Svedberg
(Swedish Chemist and Nobel Laureate for His Research on Colloids and Proteins Using the Ultracentrifuge)
Theodor Svedberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 30, 1884
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valbo, Sweden
Died: February 25, 1971
Prominent Swedish chemist Theodor Svedberg received the 1926 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his research on colloids chemistry and invention of ultracentrifuge. For his work, he was named a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and a member of the National Academy of Science too. A student at the University of Uppsala, he later became the physical chemistry head there.
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Eli Heckscher
(Swedish Political Economist and Economic Historian Known for His Contributions to 'International Trade Theory')
Eli Heckscher
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Birthdate: November 24, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 23, 1952

Eli Filip Heckscher was a Swedish economic historian and economist best remembered for co-developing the Heckscher-Ohlin theorem alongside Bertil Ohlin. Referred to as the father of Swedish economic history, Heckscher also made an immense contribution to the establishment of political opinion in Sweden. In 1932, Eli Filip Heckscher was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Anna Tibaijuka
(Politician)
Anna Tibaijuka
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kagabiro, Tanganyika
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Christopher Polhem
(Swedish Scientist, Inventor and Industrialist)
Christopher Polhem
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Birthdate: December 18, 1661
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gotland, Sweden
Died: August 30, 1751

Christopher Polhem was a Swedish scientist, industrialist, and inventor. He is credited with making immense contributions to the industrial and economic development of Sweden, especially mining. His contributions to the technological development in Sweden were honored by King Charles XII of Sweden. Christopher Polhem is also credited with writing essays concerning medicine, astronomy, geology, social criticism, and economics.

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Gustaf Fröding
(Swedish Author and Poet)
Gustaf Fröding
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 22, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alster, Sweden
Died: February 8, 1911

Swedish poet and author Gustaf Fröding had initially been a journalist. His works showcase the plight of the down-trodden. He spent much of his life in mental hospitals and sanatoriums. A few passages from his poetry collection Splashes and Spray even led to him being prosecuted for pornography.

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Gösta Mittag-Leffler
(Swedish Mathematician Who Founded the International Mathematical Journal Acta Mathematica)
Gösta Mittag-Leffler
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 16, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: July 7, 1927

Gösta Mittag-Leffler was a Swedish mathematician whose contributions are connected mainly with the theory of functions or complex analysis as it is known today. A fierce advocate of women's rights, Gösta Mittag-Leffler played a major role in making Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya a full professor in Stockholm, the first woman to hold that position.