Famous Nordic People – Part 2

The second part of the blog looking at famous Nordic people continues with people from the past history of this rich area. The Nordic region is famous for producing great scientists; and considering the population of the Nordic region, they punch well above their weight in this division.

Scientists such as Alfred Nobel, Anders Celcius, Torsten Wiesel, Svante Arrhenius and Carl Linnaeus have contributed greatly to good of mankind and we start this particular episode of famous Nordic people with Nobel winning biochemist, Bengt Samuelsson.

Bengt Samuelsson

Bengt Samuelsson was a Swedish biochemist who won a Nobel prize for his work in discovering prostaglandins and related biologically active substances. He studied under the great Sune Bergstrom at the University of Lund, and it was his team of researchers that Samuelsson joined.

His research also helped him to discover thromboxanes, leukotrienes and undoperoxides, this was all due to his work with arachidonic acid. Then in 2014, some of the world’s best scientists applauded him as the founder of research into Lipid Mediators. 

Anders Zorn

One of the most prominent artists to come from the Nordic region was Anders Zorn. The Swedish painter was also a gifted sculptor who was fascinated with the nude form. In fact, in the late 19th Century he was considered to be one of the finest artists in the world.

His greatest gift was being able to capture his sitters personality on the canvas, and although best known for his nude work he was a considerable portrait artist. His personal life was quite tragic, born illegitimate he never actually met his father.

Stellan Skarsgard

Stellan Skarsgard is a contemporary actor born in 1951. He came to prominence in the movie Breaking the Waves, playing the part of Jan Nyman. Recently this very versatile actor has cemented his star status by appearing in the cult Marvel Films, Thor, The Avengers and Avengers Age of Ultron.

His acting career started early, and by the time he had become a teenager he was almost famous in Scandinavia. He is just as adept at performing on the small screen as well as Hollywood blockbusters and starred in the UK drama series, River.

Jenny Lind

Perhaps the most famous opera singer to have ever come out of Scandinavia is Jenny Lind. She was often called the Swedish Nightingale and started her prolific career singing across Scandinavia and Europe. A child prodigy, Lind began singing when she was just ten years old.

She was famous for crossing the Atlantic and touring with the well known showman P.T. Barnum, who was quite captivated and besotted by her. The couple fell in love, but this led to outrageous scandal at the time as Barnum was married.

During her long singing career, Lind amassed over $350,000 in royalties for her singing which around the early 1900’s was quite amazing. She donated a great deal of her wealth to charities and became a great philanthropist. Most of this was for free schools in her native Sweden. Jenny Lind completes this blog of famous Nordic personalities and as you can see there are many diverse careers that hailed out of this fascinating region.