The third one amongst the nine children of Jesper and Sarah Behm Swedberg, Emanuel Swedberg was born on January 29, 1688. At the tender age of 8, he lost both his mother and elder brother Albert, in an epidemic. His father got remarried, to a wealthy widow Sarah Bergia. After Sarah's death, in 1720, Swedberg inherited half of her estate, Starbo and a modest fortune. From the age of eleven to twenty-one, he studied mechanics, geography, astronomy, and mathematics, at the University of Uppsala.