Robin Fåhræus


Medicine professor, pathologist.

Robin Fåhræus was born in Stockholm and was professor of pathology from 1928 to 1955.

With its epochal examinations of the suspension stability of the red blood cells (ESR or sed rate), Fåhræus has reached international notoriety.

In his dissertation from 1921, The Suspension Stability of the blood, the speed with which the blood cells drop to the bottom of a test tube and the lowering reaction was described as a sensitive albeit unspecific indication of ongoing disease processes in the body.

Together with The Svedberg, Fåhræus contributed to the determination of the molecular mass of the haemoglobin.

Examples of his lifelong writing are the books Blod in the history of medicine (1924) and The History of Medicine (1944–1950).

Fåhræus, together with Anders Diös, pushed forward the restoration of the national hall at Uppsala Castle.


Burial site: 0112-0547

Image description: Robin Fåhraeus at University House, Uppsala 1955. Photo: Uppsala-Bild / Upplandsmuseet. [The image is cropped]
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Anna-Ma Toll


Social worker, counselor, bureau director.

Anna-Ma Toll studied at the Swedish Social Institute in Stockholm from 1934 to 1936 and was educated at the Red Cross Nursing School from 1936 to 1939.

Between 1941 and 1943 she worked as a curator at the Pension Board's health board in Korseberga and as a hospital counselor at Uppsala University Hospital and was hospital curator there from 1948 to 1953.

Toll participated in the rescue effort in Hungary in 1956 and in Skopje in 1963 and was also employed for a period by Save the Children and was bureau director at SIDA from 1968 to 1980.


Burial site: 0108-0449B

Image description: Anna-Ma Toll, circa 1970 from the Wennergren Center in Stockholm with staff from the Population Agency department. Photo: Pelle Stackman / SIDA. [The image is cropped]
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Carl Axel Ekholm



Carl Axel Ekholm was born in Sund in Östergötland and was Uppsala's first city architect from 1878 to 1912.

Ekholm began his education at Tekniska Elementarskolan in Norrköping before starting architectural studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Ekholm was inspired early by the New Renaissance, which in the future came to characterize many of the buildings he designed.

After being employed at various architectural offices and as a city engineer and builder in Oskarshamn in 1877, Ekholm became city architect in Uppsala. In the 1870s it became forbidden to build new wooden houses because of the fire risk and in Uppsala the cityscape consisted of 75 percent of wooden houses.

Ekholm designed about 150 buildings in Uppsala during his active years. He created houses in different styles such as New Renaissance, New Baroque and Art Nouveau, several of which remain. In 2005, despite protests, the so-called Bodén house and several other 19th-century houses in the block were demolished to make way for the criticized Uppsala Concert & Congress.

Österplan 13 in Uppsala, built in 1888. Photo: Unknown Photographer and Unknown Year / Upplandsmuseet.

Vaksalagatan in Uppsala in 1970. The building at the far end of the picture is Ekholm's. The block was demolished to make way for Uppsala Concert & Congress. Photo: Ola Ehn / Upplandsmuseet.

Examples of houses that Ekholm was involved in, which are still standing are: Gästrike-Hälsinge nation (1880), Norrlands nation (1887-1889, the facade facing Fyrisån by I.G. Clason), the old Gravkapellet at Gamla kyrkogården in Uppsala (1882-1883), Österplan 13 (1888), Dragarbrunnsgatan 48 (1889), Flickskolan Magdeburg (1890) and Regnellianum (1891-1892).


Burial site: 0128-1256

Image description: Carl Axel Ekholm and family in 1899, wife Anna Ottilia Hildegard and daughter Signe Hedvig. Photo: Heinrich Osti / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Gunnar Sundgren



Gunnar Sundgren grew up in a sibling group of nine children at a small railway station between Sala and Gävle. 

Sundgren joined H.A.L. (Cathedral School) in Uppsala in 1913 and was boarded up in a school household at Maria Lindgren's bakery on Skolgatan 13.

As a 21-year-old, Sundgren became a student of Ellen Claeson, the leading photographer in Uppsala. In 1928 he opened a portrait studio at Östra Ågatan 29 and became one of Uppsala's foremost photographers during the 1940s–1950s.

Gunnar Sundgren with the camera about 1969. Photo: Unknown photographer / UUB.

Gunnar Sundgren with the dog "Klumpen", standing on the Dombron in Uppsala sometime in the 1950s. Photo: Unknown photographer / UUB.

The portrait pictures were made after personality studies and Sundgren also produced significant environmental and architectural images.  In the studio several famous people passed through, such as Hugo Alfvén, Bror Hjort, Cora Sandel, Gösta Knutsson, Axel Hägerström, The Svedberg and Bo Setterlind.

Upplandsmuseet Manages approximately 300 000 negatives from Sundgren's production.  He appeared on radio as a strong agitator for photography as an art form.

During the 1950s, Gunnar Sundgren held tours of the old cemetery in Uppsala. At his grave there is a metal sculpture "Mother and Child" by an unknown artist.

Gunnar Sundgren's preserved photographs are a remarkable cultural and historical treasure.


Burial site: 0150-1988

Image description: Gunnar Sundgren, unknown year. Photo: Gunnar Sundgren / Upplandsmuseet. [The image is cropped]
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Ebba Sörbom

1927 – 2001.


Ebba Ruzsica Sörbom was born as Ruzsica Schreiber in a Jewish family in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia. As a child, she spoke German, Hungarian and Serbian.

In 1944, Sörbom was taken to concentration camps where her mother and younger brother were killed in the gas chambers. After all, Sörbom survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and came to Sweden in 1945.

She studied drama at Uppsala University, worked with drama therapy at Ulleråker Hospital and informed about the Holocaust in schools.

In 1994 Sörbom received a cultural scholarship from the municipality of Uppsala and in 1997 a scholarship from the Writers' Foundation to study at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Vienna.

The debut book "Bortom minnet, bortom glömskan" came out in 1988. Ebba Sörbom has, through her poetry, portrayed personal memories of the concentration camps and given voice to the survivors.


Burial site: 0104-0266

Image description : Ebba Sörboms Gravsten. Photo: Henrik Zetterberg. [No photo of Ebba Sörbom found when the page was made]



Anders Gustaf Ekeberg



Anders Gustaf Ekeberg was the son of the ship builder Joseph Eric Ekeberg and Hedvig Ulrica Kilberg.

In 1784 Ekeberg was enrolled at Uppsala University, where he was taught by Carl Peter Thunberg. After graduation and study trips, Ekeberg became associate Professor in chemistry in 1794.

In 1799 Ekeberg was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 1802 he discovered the element tantalum (Ta).

An explosion accident in the beginning of the 1800's led to Ekeberg becoming blind in one eye.

One of the scientific discoveries that Ekeberg made was a method for producing a strong, clear and translucent porcelain. The secret behind the method, he took with him to the grave.

The friends carved his name on a stone pillar in the cemetery wall and three words in Latin: Chemico (he was a chemist) Amicitia (friendship) Memor (memory) and the death year with Roman letters MDCCCXIII. Photo: Henrik Zetterberg.

The picture shows the Ekeberg Prize awarded by the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center. Photo: TIC.

In recognition of Ekeberg's pioneering work, the TIC (Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center) institued an award in 2017 to promote knowledge and understanding of tantal. The award was called the Anders Gustaf Ekeberg tantalum Prize ("Ekeberg prize") in his memory.


Burial site: 0101-0030

Image description: Portrait of Anders Gustaf Ekeberg from Mellin, Gustaf Henrik (eds) 427 porträtter af namnkunniga svenske män och fruntimmer, Stockholm, 1847. Photo: LIBRIS-ID: 1579474. [The image is cropped]
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Rune Hammarling



Rune Hammarling took correspondence courses in drawing and painting and went as an apprentice at restorer Alf Hedman in Gävle where he worked for 17 years.

In 1981 he attended a restorer training in Copenhagen and started his own business two years later.

Hammarling has restored medieval paintings in a number of Upplandic churches and also the 1900-century paintings in Uppsala Cathedral, the University House's Aula, Carolina Rediviva, Geijersgården, as well as a number of student nations and castles in Gävle and Västerås.


Burial site: 0127-1201

Image description: Rune Hammarling does restoration work in Bälinge Church, Uppland, 1989. Photo: Rune Hammarling / Upplandsmuseet. [The image is cropped]
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Carl David af Wirsén


Author, literary critic, poet.

Carl David af Wirsén was born in Vallentuna and became associate Professor in literary history in 1868 and lecturer in Swedish and Latin at the higher grammar school in Uppsala in 1870.

Wirsén published "Dikter" (1876) and later six more volumes of traditional idyllic poetry and several collections of religious poems.

The cemetery in Uppsala was given a poem and Wirsén wrote the text for the hymn "En vänlig grönskas rika dräkt" (Svenska Psalmboken, Psalm 201).

Wirsén was elected as a member of the Swedish Academy in 1879 and became its permanent secretary in 1884. As a member of the Academy,  he came with his conservatism to take on a contemporary literature-repellent stance.

As a literary reviewer in Post- och Inrikes Tidningar and in Vårt Land, Wirsén could for many years express a reactionary literature view. A selection of his reviews can be found in Kritiker (1901).


Burial site: 0140-1606

Image description: Carl David af Wirsén, Stockholm ca 1880-ca 1890. Photo: Johannes Jaeger / UUB [The image is cropped]
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Henrik Wilhelm Söderman


Wholesale dealer, entrepreneur.

Henrik Wilhelm Söderman from Österbybruk became an apprentice to the tailor Nyblom in Uppsala at the age of 14.

Later, Söderman opened the spice shop and milk shed and also bought some land in Rasbo (seven farms together became the property Henriksberg), followed by the distillery in Lejstabro.

To have your own distillery was banned in 1855 and in 1860, a distillery was taken over at Fabriksgatan 4 in Svartbäcken by Frans Otto Törnlund and Söderman. At that time they had enough tax-coated land to start a distillery.

"Alcohol Money" became a major part of the city's income source and also financed much of Uppsala's industrialization. Examples are the Bavarian brewery and Upsala Ångkvarn, which were bought by Söderman and Törnlund. Uppsala Ångkvarn with mill, yeast factory and distillery was at the turn of the century 1900 the city's largest workplace.

Central Uppsala, with the walls around the Fyris creek, was created during the period 1860–1890 and was financed by sales and taxation of alcohol. In the 1860's there were 29 outlets and 27 alcohol outlets in Uppsala.

Söderman was a member of the city council from 1875 to 1878 and 1883 to 1900 and a member of the Drätselchamber and the building committee.

The gravestone is likely to be the largest in the cemetery in terms of weight and volume.


Burial site: 0124-1125

Image description: Henrik Wilhem Söderman, Uppsala ca 1878. Heinrich Osti / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Tycho Hedén


Politician, painter.

Tycho Hedén was a trained painter and also an ombudsman in the Swedish painters Union 1942–1954.

Hedén was interested in politics and he was the director of Folkets Hus, chairman of Uppsala Workers municipality, chairman of Uppsala County Social Democratic Party District 1920–1960, member of the city council from 1919 to 1959 and member of the county Council 1930–1962.

For several decades, Tycho Hedén was a leading politician in Uppsala and influential in the city's labour movement.

New residential areas were built in Uppsala during Hedén's time, which was led by City architect Gunnar Leche.


Burial site: 0150-2047

Image description: Tycho Hedén, Uppsala 1954. Photo: Uppsala-Bild / Upplandsmuseet. [The image is cropped]
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