August Haglund


Bank cashier, donor.

August Haglund became established in 1862 and opened his own trade shop in the Lodénian house at the Main square.

When Uplandsbanken (the Upland bank) was founded, he became its first bookkeeper and was then a bank treasurer until his retirement. Haglund wrote poems for family celebrations and was a musician in the Orchestra of the Sharpshooter Corps.

He is best known for his donation in 1901 of 50,000 SEK to a new bridge across Fyrisån (the Fyris creek) at Skolgatan. The bridge is also today called "Haglund's bridge" and in 1889 it replaced the former bridge built on the site.

The former bridge was moved north (to Odensgatan) and was named "Eddaspången" after the block Edda. The rafting on last 30th of April usually starts just north of Haglund's bridge.


Burial site: 0129-2151

Image description: August Haglund, Uppsala 1902. Photo: Alfred Dahlgren / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Lars Erstrand


Jazz musicians, vibraphoneist.

Lars Erstrand was one of the big names in Swedish jazz during the 20th century. He became "Mister Swing" with the jazz audience and was a heavy name in both Swedish and international jazz.

He started playing the piano but switched to vibraphone after being influenced by vibrafonist Lionel Hampton's play in Benny Goodman's orchestra.

From the 1960s and many years to come, Erstrand collaborated with clarinetist Ove Lind.

The international breakthrough came in the 1970s when he played with Benny Goodman and later with clarinetists Bob Wilber and "Peanuts" Hucko.

Lars Erstrand also performed with Sven Asmussen and Alice Babs and played from the 1990s together with Arne Domnerus and in the quartet Swedish Swing Society.


Burial site: 0305-0512

Image description : Lars Erstrand, 1983. Photo: Roger Tillberg / Sjöberg bildbyrå. [ The image is cropped ]
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Frithiof Holmgren



Frithiof Holmgren established Sweden's first physiological laboratory in 1862 and became the country's first professor of physiology at the age of 33. He was also a most prominent teacher at Uppsala University.

As a scientist, he became internationally known with the discovery of the retinal current in the eye.

The studies of color blindness made Holmgren internationally famous and in 1874 he described his method of using different colored "sefir yarn dolls", the so-called wool yarn sample, to demonstrate color blindness.

The method was of great practical importance for people in signalling services, such as railway personnel and seafarers. A train accident in Lagerlunda in 1875 was suspected of a train driver not being able to distinguish between red and green. No one had thought that the colour vision could have an impact on railway staff.

The equipment used by Holmgren in the discovery of the retina lattural stream, i.e. the retina's electrical response to light impressions. The equipment consists of a mirror galvanometer and a light catcher with a clockwork that drives the mirror. Photo: Museum of Medicine in Uppsala.

Sefirgarn dolls for carrying out the test of colour vision developed by Holmgren and which became mandatory for all those who would be employed in rail and sea traffic. Photo: Museum of Medicine in Uppsala.

A more macabre study that Holmgren undertook focused on whether beheading was a painless method of execution. Holmgren was therefore present at four beheadings to investigate the method from a physiological point of view.

According to Holmgren, the case studies showed that beheading as a method met the requirements for a painless way of execution.

Holmgren also participated in the debates in Verdandi, and his radical stance appeared in his dictation to the protocol of the consistorio:

"I consider the freedom of thought as one of man's most precious privileges, and the university where the tenet of thought is not primarily, does not, in my view, fulfil its task. To educate the studying youth to thinking men, should, according to my understanding, be one of the university's main tasks.".

Frithiof Holmgren also emphasized the importance of physical education and formed the Students' Sharp Shooting Association, the Students' Gymnastics Association and was chairman of the folk dance association Philochoros and promoter in Uppsala swimming society. 


Burial site: 0125-1141

Image description: Frithiof Holmgren, unknown year. Photo: Unknown photographer / UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Åke Holm


Zoologist, museum curator.

Åke Holm was born in Norrtälje and later became Sweden's foremost arachnolog (spider scientist) and he is seen as the creator of modern spider embryology.

He published significant work in embryology and taxonomy and led research trips to Abisko and the Torneträsk area, East Africa, Spitmountains, Greenland and Malaysia. Holm's spider research focused in particular on the Swedish mountain fauna and on the fauna of the Arctic and East Africa. One of the results was that new species were discovered. 

Åke Holm together with participants on one of the research trips to East Africa. Photo: Museum of Evolution in Uppsala.

Olle Hedberg who participated on one of the research trips to East Africa. Photo: Museum of Evolution in Uppsala.

Åke Holm was museum curator at the Department of Zoology from 1947 to 1975 and he was as curator at the Zoological Museum in charge of the collections ranging from the time of Linnaeus and Thunberg.


Burial site: 0147-1877

Image description: Åke Holm, Torneträsk, 1969. Photo: From private collection. [The image is cropped]
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Manne Ihran



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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Olof von Nackreij


Judge of the Court of Appeal, governor.

Olof von Nackreij was born in Filipstad and became a student in Uppsala in 1743.

He was a Judge of the Court of Appeal in Göta court of appeal, county governor of Halland, Kronoberg County and became governor of Uppsala County in 1782. In 1778 Nackreij was elevated to Baron and was among the leaders in the Caps, a political faction during the Age of Liberty (1719–1772) in Sweden.

The beginning of the Baron letter from 1778. Photo: UUB.

The heraldry image from the Baron letter. Photo: UUB.

Olof von Nackreij died unmarried at Uppsala Castle in 1783 and thus ended his baronial lineage. Nackreij had asked to be buried in the Poor Cemetery as it was called at the time.


Burial site: 0112-0610A

Image description: Olof von Nackreij's heraldry image from the Baron letter from 1778. Photo: UUB. [The image is cropped]
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Oscar Arpi


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


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



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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