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University president , Human geography educator

Staffan Helmfrid, Swedish human geography educator, retired university president. Decorated knight Royal Order North Star, 1973; recipient Gold medal 12th size King of Sweden, 1988; named Lord in Waiting of His Majesty the King of Sweden, 1986, Grosses Kreuz mit Stern, Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1988.


HELMFRID, Staffan was born on December 13, 1927 in Stockholm. Son of Hartwig E. W. Helmfrid and Greta Helmfrid (nbe Kristiansson).


Fil. magazine, Stockholm University, 1951. Fil. licensed in Geography, Stockholm University, 1958. Fil. doctor, Stockholm University, 1962.

Fil. doctor honorary, University Helsinki, Finland, 1986.


Teaching assistant to junior assistant department geography University Stockholm, 1951-1962, associate professor, 1962-1967, research fellow, 1967-1969, professor human geography, since 1969, dean faculty of social science, 1970-1974, vice president, 1974-1978, president, 1978-1988. Secretary general 19th International Geography Congress, 1960. Guest professor University Marburg, Germany, 1967-1968.

Chairman board Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Stockholm, 1980-1986. Member Swedish/American Fulbright Commission, 1979-1986, chairman, 1984-1985. Member Swedish delegate Council Europe Standing Committee on University Problems, Strasbourg, France, 1983-1988.


  • Other Work

    • Ostergotland VastanstAng. Studien iiber die altere Agrarlandschaft und ihre Genese 1962. Books and articles on agrarian and historical geography.Textbooks on geography and social science, National Atlas of Sweden.


Served to captain, Swedish Infantry Reserve, 1952-1977. Member Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (vice president 1988-1991), Royal Swedish Academy Letters, History and Antiquities, Royal Academy Arts in Lund, Swedish Society Anthropology and Geography (president 1974, 88-90, honorary member 1995), Academia Europaea.


  • Other Interests

    Mountain hiking, folk dance.


Married Antje Teichmann, June 19, 1954. Children: Sigrun, Gudrun, Hillevi.

Hartwig E.W. Helmfrid

Greta (Kristiansson) Helmfrid

Antje Teichmann

Sigrun Helmfrid

Gudrun Helmfrid

Hillevi Helmfrid