Jöns Svanberg

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Jöns Svanberg, founder of Upsala Simsällskap
Jöns Svanberg (1771-1851) was an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Uppsala, a position to which he was appointed in 1794 at the age of 23. Swimming in Sweden at that time was virtually non-existent. Svanberg formed Upsala Simsällskap in 1796 together with some like-minded academics to improve the lack of swimming skills.

Upsala Simsällskap

Upsala Simsällskap, or Uppsala Swimming Society in English, is considered the world's oldest swimming club. The club was founded to provide elementary swimming instruction. It began offering competitive swimming in 1910 and remains a successful swimming club in Sweden today.

Svanberg arranged a mock "graduation ceremony" (simpromotion) modeled after the less-rigorous academic ceremony, where he and some of his colleagues awarded themselves the master's degree ([[magister]]) and their pupils the degree of bachelor ([[kandidat]]) in swimming. Gabriel Marklin and Carl Gustaf Grahl succeeded Svanberg as leaders of the club.

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