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Olof Rudbeck

(Västeras 1630 – Uppsala 1702)
Swedish Doctor and Botanist

Rudbeck was the son of Bishop Johannes, the chaplain of King Gustav II Adolph the Great. Rudbeck received his early education in his hometown and in Uppsala, before travelling to Italy for his studies in Padua.

Rudbeck was one of the pioneers in the study of lymphatic vessels. According to his supporters in Sweden, he was the first to discover the lymphatic system and is documented as having shown his findings at the court of Queen Christina of Sweden in 1652.  As a result, Queen Christina sponsored Rudbeck work with a large grant allowing him to continue his botany doctoral degree in Leiden.  Returning to the University pf Uppsala, Rudbeck became Professor of Botany, and later Professor of Anatomy and Medicine.

To facilitate his studies of human anatomy, he had a cupola built on top of Gustavianum, where dissection could be carried out in front of students. The cupola still remains and is a landmark in Uppsala. The “Gustavianum” stands in front of the cathedral, and is still part of the university

Olof Rudbeck

The restoration of the Olof Rudbeck canvas has been supported by Tigotà

The restoration of the Olof Rudbeck canvas has been supported by Tigotà