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Famous Physicists from Sweden

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List of notable or famous physicists from Sweden, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in Sweden and even some popular physicists who immigrated to Sweden. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swedish physicists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physicist from Sweden is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Christer Fuglesang and Kai Siegbahn.

This historic physicists from Sweden list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swedish physicists of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicists from Sweden?" These prominent physicists of Sweden may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swedish physicists.

Use this list of renowned Swedish physicists to discover some new physicists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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  • Albert Victor Bäcklund
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    Albert Victor Bäcklund (January 11, 1845 – February 23, 1922) was a Swedish mathematician and physicist. He was a professor at Lund University and its rector from 1907 to 1909. He was born in Malmöhus County, now Skåne County, in southern Sweden and became a student at the nearby University of Lund in 1861. In 1864 he started to work for the observatory, and received his Ph.D. in 1868 working on methods to obtain the latitude of a place by astronomical observations. He was awarded the title of associate professor in Mechanics and Mathematical Physics in 1878, and elected Fellow of the Swedish Academy of Science in 1888. In 1897 he became a full professor. In 1874 he was awarded a travel... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1845-1922)
    • Birthplace: Skåne County, Sweden
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    Anders Jonas Ångström

    Anders Jonas Ångström
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    Anders Jonas Ångström (Swedish: [²anːdɛʂ ²juːnas ²ɔŋːstrœm]; 13 August 1814 – 21 June 1874) was a Swedish physicist and one of the founders of the science of spectroscopy.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1814-1874)
    • Birthplace: Timrå Municipality, Sweden
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    Bo Thidé

    Bo Y. Thidé (born in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish physicist who studies radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation in space, particularly their interaction with matter and fields. He received his B.Sc. in 1972, his M.Sc. in 1973, and defended his Ph.D. thesis on semiclassical quantum theory at Uppsala University in 1979. His Ph.D. was obtained under the supervision of professor Per Olof Fröman at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Uppsala University. He has worked at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala since 1980, where he has been a professor since 2000. In 1981, Bo Thidé discovered electromagnetic emissions stimulated by powerful radio waves in the ionosphere... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Sweden
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    Carl Wilhelm Oseen

    Carl Wilhelm Oseen
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    Carl Wilhelm Oseen (17 April 1879 in Lund – 7 November 1944 in Uppsala) was a theoretical physicist in Uppsala and Director of the Nobel Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stockholm.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1879-1944)
    • Birthplace: Lund, Sweden