Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer, Died at 94


Lennart Nilsson was born on August 24, 1922, and died on January 28, 2017.

He was a Swedish photographer and scientist.

Nilsson was noted for his photographs of human embryos and other medical subjects once considered unphotographable, and more generally for his extreme macro photography.

Lennart was also considered to be among Sweden’s first modern photojournalists.

He was born in Strängnäs, Sweden.

Lennart Nilsson’s father and uncle were both photographers.

Nilsson’s father gave him his first camera at age twelve.

When Nilsson was around fifteen, he saw a documentary about Louis Pasteur that made him interested in microscopy.

After just a few years, he had acquired a microscope and was making microphotographs of insects.

He became a member of the Swedish Society of Medicine in 1969, received an honorary doctorate in medicine from Karolinska Institute during 1976, an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany in 2002, and an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Linköping University in Sweden in 2003.

Lennart Nilsson passed away at 94 years old.