The University

Register of Vice-Chancellors

The register of Uppsala University vice-chancellors commences in 1626, the year in which charters were established for Uppsala University. These charters included stipulations regarding the appointment of vice-chancellors.

Initially the vice-chancellorship rotated among the University’s professors, and the term of office was a single semester. The rotation system and its brief terms of office meant that the list of vice-chancellors for the following 200 years comprised most full professors at the academy during this period. Some even served multiple terms. Carl Linnaeus, for one, was vice-chancellor of Uppsala University as many as three times.

However, in 1877 new statutes took force. As of January 1, 1877, the vice-chancellor was elected to the office as a trustee of the University and the state authorities.

Elected Vice-Chancellors of Uppsala University 1877–2006:

  • Carl Yngve Sahlin 1877–1889
  • Per Hedenius 1889–1893
  • Thore Fries 1893–1899
  • Oscar Alin 1899–1900
  • Olof Hammarsten 1901–1905
  • Henrik Schück 1905–1918
  • Ludvig Stavenow 1918–1928
  • Östen Undén 1928–1932
  • Otto Lagercrantz 1932–1933
  • Thore Engströmer 1933–1943
  • Nils von Hofsten 1943–1947
  • Fredrik Berg 1947–1952
  • Åke Holmbäck 1952–1955
  • Torgny T Segerstedt 1955–1978
  • Martin H:son Holmdahl 1978–1989
  • Stig Strömholm 1989–1997
  • Bo Sundqvist 1997–2006
  • Anders Hallberg 2006–2011
  • Eva Åkesson 2012–