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Goran Fredrick Goransson

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Goran Fredrick Goransson (1819-1900)

1865 Goran Fredrick Goransson, Steel Manufacturer, Gefle and Hagbo, Sweden.[1]

1900 May 12th. Died.[2]

1900 Obituary [3]

GORAN FREDRICK GORANSSON was born in Gefle, Sweden, on 20th January 1819.

He started in business as a merchant, but later on became interested in steel making, having bought one-fifth of Mr. (afterwards Sir) Henry Bessemer's Swedish patents, and succeeded in making good Bessemer steel at his ironworks at Edsken and Hiigbo as early as 1858.

In 1862 he founded the Sandvik Iron Works for the production of this steel, and they are now one of the largest in the country, employing about 2,000 men. He was chairman of the company until his death, which took place at Sandvik on 12th May 1900, at the ago of eighty-one.

In addition to his various honorary distinctions he was a Commander with the Great Cross of the Royal Order of Vasa, and a Knight of the Royal Order of North Star; and the University of Upsala had conferred upon him a few days before his decease the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1865.

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