Former Vice-Chancellor Martin H:son Holmdahl has passed away

11 March 2015

Martin H:son Holmdahl.

Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson has today, 11 March, received notice that Uppsala University’s former Vice-Chancellor, professor emeritus of anesthesiology, jubilee doctor of medicine Martin H:son Holmdahl has passed away. The University Main Building will fly the flag on half-mast this afternoon and tomorrow, 12 March.

Martin H:son Holmdahl was born in 1923 in Gothenburg. He came to Uppsala to study medicine in the early 1940s. He earned his licentiate degree in medicine in 1950 and his doctoral degree in 1956. In 1965 he was inaugurated as professor of anesthesiology at Uppsala University. He was pro-dean and dean of the Faculty of Medicine 1966–1970. During the years 1970–1978 he was Uppsala University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and later Vice-Chancellor 1978–1989. He was inspector of Göteborgs nation in Uppsala in the 1970s and 1980s.

‘Uppsala University remembers Martin H:son Holmdahl with sincere gratitude for the faithfulness and loyalty with which he has served his Alma Mater: As a student, researcher, teacher and professor, in management positions, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and as Vice-Chancellor. Through his life’s work he has contributed to Uppsala University advancing its positions in a great number of areas. As emeritus he remained interested in and dedicated to the University’s development, and was a great support to his former colleagues and his successors’, says Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.

Martin H:son Holmdahl was very committed to human rights issues. In 2003 the Martin H:son Holmdahl Scholarship was founded by the University for the furthering of human rights in celebration of his 80th birthday, and it has since been awarded annually.