Industrialist, Scientist. One of the most prominent figures of the industrial revolution in Sweden. He imported machines and competence from abroad and was a founder of several companies. He was one of the founders of The Royal Academy of Science, which is appointing the Nobel Prizes of Chemistry and Physics. He took a great interest in agriculture and was introducing the potato in Sweden, an achievement giving him the denomination "Potatiskungen" (The Potato King). He also developed new methods for potato cultivation. He was knighted in 1751 and he is honoured with a statue in the city of Göteborg (Gothenburg) and a bronze-bust outside the Stock Exchange in Stockholm.
Bio by: Peter Robsahm