Karin Johannisson, Swedish idea historian, Died at 72


Karin Johannisson was born on October 11, 1944, in Gothenburg, and died on November 23, 2016.

She was a Swedish idea historian.

Karin was Professor of the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University.

Karin Johannisson was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Karin’s mother Lore Johannisson, née Schmidt, was a German medical student who had met and married the Swedish lecturer Tore Johannisson when he worked at the University of Marburg.

Together the couple had three children; Karin was the youngest.

They relocated to Lund in 1939, and then to Gothenburg when Tore Johannisson was appointed Professor of Scandinavian languages at the University of Gothenburg.

She was married twice, first to the literary scholar Stefan Mählqvist, with whom she had two sons.

Karin Johannisson second marriage was to the matematician Allan Gut.

She died from brain cancer, in Uppsala, Sweden

Karin Johannisson passed away at 72 years old.