Johan Bredman, born in Oviken in Jämtland, became Associate professor in mathematics in 1801 and Assistant professor in 1802 at the observatory.
At that time, the observatory was in such a condition, that the practical work could not be carried out satisfactorily. All the instruments were from Celsius' time and by the end of the 1700s the observatory was considered to have been condemned. Bredman was Professor of astronomy in 1811–1841 and also an author of textbooks.
He is mentioned in Wennerberg's Glunterne regarding "another planet whose name not the Bredman knows" (Gluntarne No. 3 Uppsala is best). It was said that Bredman was a skilled lecturer and an interested teacher.
Johan Bredman was the first inspector of Norrland Nation and was honored with the nation's greatest tombstone. He bequeathed money to the observatory and to scholarships for people from northern part of Sweden and other charitable purposes.
Burial site: 0119-0995
Image description: Johan Bredman, oil painting from 1841 by Carl Staaff. Photo: Wikimedia Commons [The image is cropped]
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