Manne Ihran

1877–1917.

Artist.

Manne (Gustaf Emanuel) Ihran initially took over his father's, tailor Erik Ihran's business in Uppsala, but came through contact with the artists Olof Thunman and Gusten Widerbäck to increasingly take an interest in artistic activities.

From the left: Gusten Widerbäck, Olof Thunman and Manne Ihran, ca 1910-ca 1920. Photographer: Unknown / UUB.

Drawing of Uppsala Castle from 1914 made by Manne Ihran. Photo: UUB.

His circle of motifs is completely bound to Uppsala and its surroundings, such as buildings, backyards, trees and the harbour.

Manne Ihran painted in true national romantic spirit and the mood pictures of Stora Torget with the Svedbergian house from 1905 belong to some of his most famous works.

 

Burial site: 0107-0499B

Image description: Manne Ihran, ca 1900. Photo: Alfred Dahlgren / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Oscar Arpi

1824–1890.

Conductor, music teacher.

Oscar Arpi was born in Börstil in northeastern Uppland in 1824.

Arpi was the conductor of Allmänna sången 1852–1871 and for Orphei Drängar 1853–1854, as well as music teacher at Katedralskolan in Uppsala 1855–1876.

He was uppsala student union leader 1852–1871 and led the Allmänna sången when the choir won the first prize at the international singing competition for male choirs in paris in 1867.

Oscar Arpi with baton and vocal fork, ca 1870. Photo: Heinrich Osti / UUB.

Concert poster with Allmänna Sången from 1853. Photo: UUB.

Arpi was temperamental, had a technical musical talent and a magnetic and personal conductor talent.

 

Burial site: 0102-0131

Image description: Oscar Arpi, Uppsala ca 1865- ca 1880. Photo: Heinrich Osti / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Robin Fåhræus

1888–1968.

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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Carl Axel Ekholm

1845-1932.

Architect.

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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Anders Gustaf Ekeberg

1767–1813.

Chemist.

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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Carl David af Wirsén

1842–1912.

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

1829–1901.

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

1887–1962.

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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Fredrik Tamm

1847–1905.

Linguist.

Fredrik Tamm was born in Tveta in Södermanland and defended 1875 with a treatise on Swedish etymology, which is the doctrine of Proverbs ' historical origins and elaborated Etymological Swedish dictionary through the letter K.

Tamm devoted himself especially to etymological works and Swedish dictionary theory. For many years, Tamm stood in for the ailing professor of Swedish, Frits Läffler. From 1883-1898, Tamm was acting professor of Swedish for a total of ten years.

Uppsala University attempted to establish a professorship for Tamm, but it was not granted by the Royal Council. Maj:t, probably because at the time there was already a professor of Nordic languages and one of Swedish language. 1897 Tamm instead received the name, honour and dignity of professor.

Shortly afterwards, Tamm's wife passed away and he was diagnosed with facial cancer. The operation he underwent left him with a severe speech impediment.

On his birthday, March 30, 1905 he died and Nathan Söderblom held the eulogy in which was said:

"No one could be a better listener than he, this whether it was funny stories or scientific lectures, the latter, which he to the end, faithfully visited, whereever they were offered".

 

Burial site: 0132-1406

Image description: Fredrik Tamm with his wife Augusta Josefina Elisabeth Lundqvist, Uppsala 1894. Photo: Alfred Dahlgren / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Gabriel W. Gillberg

1801–1890.

Spice dealer, grocer, brewer.

Gabriel Wilhelm Gillberg was born in Tegels Mora in Uppland, became a burgher in Uppsala 1840 and was a delegate for Uppsala Burghers on the Riksdag days in the 1840 's.

Gillberg also restored his residential building at Fyristorg (between Dombron and S:t Eriks gränd) in Italian Renaissance style. In 1935, the so-called Gillbergska Durchfarten was constructed, which solved the city's most serious traffic problems at the time.

The Gillbergian house at Fyris Torg, before the passage was built in 1934. Photo: Paul Sandberg / Upplandsmuseet .

Painting of the roadway before the inauguration in 1935. Photo: Paul Sandberg / Upplandsmuseet .

In the early 1860's, Gillberg became a donor to the Ultuna Agricultural Institute. He donated a large sum of money to the new building of the academic hospital. It meant that Gillberg was awarded the Royal Serafimer Medal.

After his death, Gillberg bequeathed a large part of his assets to the Gillberg Orphanage Foundation. The Gillberg orphanage was founded in 1843 and was initially located at Tullgarn but later moved to Sysslomansgatan. Many of the children admitted were very young and had parents who lacked the ability to educate their children.

 

Burial site: 0103-0178

Image description: Oil painting of G. W. Gillberg. Probably painted by Alexis Wetterberg in 1858. The portrait depicts the Serafimer medal. Photo: Henrik Zetterberg. The painting is located in the Swedish University of Agricultural sciences archives. [The image is cropped]
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