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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Uppsala University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Uppsala University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Uppsala University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Uppsala University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Uppsala University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Uppsala University.

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This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Uppsala University?” and “Which celebrities are Uppsala University alumni?”

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August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
August Strindberg Painter, Poet, Novelist Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four ...more

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Anna Lindh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Anna Lindh Politician Ylva Anna Maria Lindh, was a Swedish Social Democratic politician, chairman of the Social Democratic Youth League from 1984 to 1990 and a member of parliament from 1982 to 1985 and 1998 to 2003. ...more

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Lars Levi Laestadius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Lars Levi Laestadius Religious Leader, Clergy, Author Lars Levi Laestadius was a Swedish Sami pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement to help his largely Sami ...more

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Emanuel Swedenborg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Emanuel Swedenborg Scientist, Writer, Philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, and mystic. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell. Swedenborg had a prolific career as ...more

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Anders Borg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Anders Borg Politician, Economist Anders Erik Borg is a Swedish economist and politician who served as Minister for Finance in the Swedish Government from 2006 to 2014. He is a member of the Moderate Party.

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Victoria, Crown Princess of Sw... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, is the eldest child and heir apparent of King Carl XVI Gustaf. If she ascends to the throne as expected, she will be ...more

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Peter Artedi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Peter Artedi Peter Artedi or Petrus Arctaedius was a Swedish naturalist and is known as the "father of Ichthyology." Artedi was born in Anundsjö in the province of Ångermanland. ...more

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Sven Hedin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Sven Hedin Politician, Geographer, Writer Sven Anders Hedin, KNO1kl RVO, was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. During four expeditions to Central Asia, he ...more

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Choman Hardi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Choman Hardi Painter, Poet, Translator Choman Hardi is a contemporary Kurdish poet, translator and painter. She was born in Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan. In 1975 her family fled to Iran after the Algiers Accord but returned to Iraq ...more

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Carl Charlier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Carl Charlier Statistician, Astronomer Carl Vilhelm Ludwig Charlier was a Swedish astronomer. His parents were Emmerich Emanuel and Aurora Kristina Charlier.

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Jöns Jacob Berzelius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Jöns Jacob Berzelius Chemist Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius was a Swedish chemist. Berzelius is considered, along with Robert Boyle, John Dalton, and Antoine Lavoisier, to be one of the founders of modern chemistry. ...more

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Gustaf de Laval is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Gustaf de Laval Businessperson, Inventor, Engineer Karl Gustaf Patrik de Laval was a Swedish engineer and inventor who made important contributions to the design of steam turbines and dairy machinery.

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Svante Arrhenius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Svante Arrhenius Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Svante August Arrhenius was a Swedish scientist, originally a physicist, but often referred to as a chemist, and one of the founders of the science of physical chemistry. He received the Nobel ...more

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Nils Christoffer Dunér is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Nils Christoffer Dunér Astronomer Nils Christoffer Dunér was a Swedish astronomer. His parents were Nils Dunér and Petronella. Dunér received his doctorate from Lund University in 1862, was observer at the ...more

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Niklas Zennström is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Niklas Zennström Entrepreneur Niklas Zennström is a Swedish entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa. More recently he founded the technology ...more

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Hjalmar Branting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Hjalmar Branting Democracy activist Karl Hjalmar Branting was a Swedish politician. He was the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, and Prime Minister during three separate periods. When Branting came to power in 1920, ...more

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Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin Demographer, Astronomer Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer and demographer. Wargentin was the son of the vicar of Sunne Wilhelm Wargentin and his spouse Christina Aroselia, and the great grandson of Joachim ...more

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Ulf Ekman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Ulf Ekman Priest, Clergy Ulf Ekman is a former charismatic pastor and the founder of the charismatic Livets Ord organization in Sweden, which brought the Word of Faith movement to that country. Ekman is now Catholic. ...more

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Ásgeir Ásgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Ásgeir Ásgeirsson Politician, Teacher Ásgeir Ásgeirsson was the second President of Iceland, from 1952 to 1968. Educated as a theologian, Ásgeir graduated with honours from the University of Iceland in ...more

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Gustaf Retzius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Gustaf Retzius Scientist Magnus Gustaf Retzius was a Swedish physician and anatomist who dedicated a large part of his life to researching the histology of the sense organs and nervous system.

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Per Teodor Cleve is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Per Teodor Cleve Chemist, Geologist Per Teodor Cleve was a Swedish chemist, biologist, mineralogist, oceanographer, and professor. He discovered the chemical elements holmium and thulium and helped isolate helium from the uranium ...more

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Hannes Alfvén is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Hannes Alfvén Pacifist, Physicist, Engineer Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén was a Swedish electrical engineer, plasma physicist and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on magnetohydrodynamics. He described the ...more

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Lennart von Post is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Lennart von Post Geologist Ernst Jakob Lennart von Post was a Swedish naturalist and geologist. He was the first to publish quantitative analysis of pollen and is counted as one of the founders of palynology. He was a ...more

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Wilhelm Stenhammar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Wilhelm Stenhammar Conductor, Pianist, Composer Carl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar was a Swedish composer, conductor and pianist.

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Alva Myrdal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Alva Myrdal Politician, Diplomat, Writer Alva Myrdal was a Swedish sociologist and politician. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982. She married Gunnar Myrdal in 1924. Born in Uppsala, she first came to public notice in the ...more

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Johan Gadolin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Johan Gadolin Chemist, Geologist Johan Gadolin was a Finnish chemist, physicist and mineralogist. Gadolin discovered a "new earth" containing the first rare earth compound yttrium, which was later determined to be a ...more

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Anders Celsius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Anders Celsius Astronomer Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer, physicist and mathematician. He was professor of astronomy at Uppsala University from 1730 to 1744, but traveled from 1732 to 1735 visiting notable ...more

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Dag Hammarskjöld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Dag Hammarskjöld Diplomat, Economist Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane ...more

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Herbert Blomstedt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Herbert Blomstedt Conductor, Music Director Herbert Blomstedt is a Swedish conductor. Herbert Blomstedt was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and two years after his birth, his Swedish parents moved the family back to their country of ...more

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Sigvard Bernadotte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Sigvard Bernadotte Industrial designer Sigvard Oscar Fredrik Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg was a Swedish industrial designer. He was the second son of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Margaret, Duchess of Scania, and ...more

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Björn Engquist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Björn Engquist Mathematician Björn Engquist has been a leading contributor in the areas of multiscale modeling and scientific computing, and a productive educator of applied mathematicians.

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Gösta Mittag-Leffler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Gösta Mittag-Leffler Mathematician Magnus Gustaf Mittag-Leffler was a Swedish mathematician. His mathematical contributions are connected chiefly with the theory of functions.

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Róbert Bárány is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Róbert Bárány Physician Róbert Bárány was an Austro-Hungarian otologist. He received the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular

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Lars Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Lars Gustafsson Writer Lars Erik Einar Gustavsson is a Swedish poet, novelist and scholar. He was born in Västerås, completed his secondary education at the Västerås gymnasium and continued to ...more

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Rudolf Kjellén is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Rudolf Kjellén Politician, Political scientist Johan Rudolf Kjellén was a Swedish political scientist and politician who first coined the term "geopolitics". His work was influenced by Friedrich Ratzel. Along with Alexander ...more

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Martin Vahl is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Martin Vahl Botanist Martin Henrichsen Vahl was a Danish-Norwegian botanist and zoologist. He studied botany in Copenhagen and in Uppsala under Carolus Linnaeus. He edited Flora Danica fasc. XVI-XXI, Symbolæ ...more

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Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn Physicist Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn ForMemRS was a Swedish physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1924 "for his discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy". ...more

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Karl Oskar Medin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Karl Oskar Medin Pediatrician, Scientist, Physician Karl Oskar Medin was a Swedish pediatrician. He was born at Axberg, Örebro and died in Stockholm. He is most famous for his study of poliomyelitis, a condition sometimes known as the ...more

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Oskar Backlund is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Oskar Backlund Astronomer Johan Oskar Backlund was a Swedish-Russian astronomer. His name is sometimes given as Jöns Oskar Backlund, however even contemporary Swedish sources give "Johan". In Russia, where ...more

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Pär Lagerkvist is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Pär Lagerkvist Screenwriter, Writer Pär Fabian Lagerkvist was a Swedish author who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951. Lagerkvist wrote poems, plays, novels, stories, and essays of considerable expressive power ...more

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Carl-Henric Svanberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Carl-Henric Svanberg Economist, Engineer Carl-Henric Svanberg, is a Swedish businessman and current Chairman of BP and Volvo.

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Gunnar Heckscher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Gunnar Heckscher Political scientist Gunnar Edvard Heckscher was a Swedish political scientist and leader of the Rightist Party, which later became the Moderate Party.

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Bertil Lindblad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Bertil Lindblad Astronomer Bertil Lindblad was a Swedish astronomer. After finishing his secondary education at Örebro högre allmänna läroverk, Lindblad matriculated at Uppsala University in 1914. He ...more

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Peter Whittle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Peter Whittle Mathematician, Statistician Peter Whittle is a mathematician and statistician, working in the fields of stochastic nets, optimal control, time series analysis, stochastic optimisation and stochastic dynamics. From 1967 to ...more

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Johan Gunnar Andersson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Johan Gunnar Andersson Geologist Johan Gunnar Andersson, Swedish archaeologist, paleontologist and geologist, closely associated with the beginnings of Chinese archaeology in the 1920s. His Chinese name was An Tesheng. After ...more

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Tage Danielsson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Tage Danielsson Television director, Poet, Comedian Tage Danielsson was a Swedish author, actor, poet and film director. He is best known for his collaboration with Hans Alfredson in the comedy-duo Hasseåtage.

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Rickard Sandler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Rickard Sandler Politician Rickard Johannes Sandler was a Swedish Social Democratic politician. He served as Minister without Portfolio in the Swedish government from 10 March 1920 to 30 June 1920, Minister for Finance ...more

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Erik Axel Karlfeldt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Erik Axel Karlfeldt Poet Erik Axel Karlfeldt was a Swedish poet whose highly symbolist poetry masquerading as regionalism was popular and won him the Nobel Prize in Literature posthumously in 1931. It has been rumored ...more

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Hjalmar Söderberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Hjalmar Söderberg Writer Hjalmar Emil Fredrik Söderberg was a Swedish novelist, playwright, poet and journalist. His works often deal with melancholy and lovelorn characters, and offer a rich portrayal of ...more

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Nyamko Sabuni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Uppsala University Alumni
Nyamko Sabuni Politician Nyamko Ana Sabuni is a Burundian-Swedish former politician who served as Minister for Gender Equality in the Swedish government from 2006 to 2013. A member of the Liberal People's Party, Sabuni ...more