Jan Wilsgaard was born on January 23, 1930, and died on August 6, 2016.
He was the Chief Designer at Volvo Cars from 1950–1990.
He studied at the Gothenburg School of Applied Arts (now HDK, Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk, at the University of Gothenburg) before joining Volvo when co-founder Assar Gabrielsson still headed the company.
He was one of twenty-five designers nominated for Car Designer of the Century, and was followed at Volvo by the noted designer Peter Horbury.
Jan Wilsgaard passed away at 86 years old.