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S. A. H. Sjögren
(1856-1922)

Sten Anders Hjalmar Sjögren was born in Persberg, Sweden on June 13, 1856, the son of Anton Sjögren, a mining engineer. He studied at the Polytechnic High School of Stockholm and graduated from the University of Lund, where he served as Assistant in the Geological Institute. He held the position of Deputy to the Profesor of Mineralogy and Geology at the University of Upsala, and then worked as a petroleum geologist at the Nobel works in Baku. He returned to Upsala as a Professor in 1880, equipped a mineralogical laboratory with the best apparatus (largely at his own expense), and founded his own journal to report results, the Bulletin of the Geological Institution of the University of Upsala.

Sjögren became a wealthy man upon his marriage to Ludvig Nobel's daughter, and owned much land and mining properties, as well as an interest in the Caspian Sea oil fields. He resigned his professorship in 1894, but remained a generous patron of science and continued publishing research on Swedish minerals and ore deposits, including Contributions to Swedish Mineralogy (1895). In 1901 he accepted the position of Superintendant of the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, and contributed his personal collection of over 7,000 mineral specimens to the museum; the specimens were formally installed in a new building in 1916. He died suddenly on March 23, 1922. The mineral sjögrenite was named in his honor in 1930.

References:
SPENCER, L.J. (1924) Biographical notices of mineralogists recently deceased (second series). Mineralogical Magazine, 20, 270-271.
HÖGBOM, A.G. (1922)Bulletin of the Geological Institution of the University of Upsala, 18, iii-xv; bibliography, xvi-xxvii.
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