Gunnar Heckscher

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Gunnar Heckscher
Gunnar Heckscher in 1959
Born(1909-07-08)8 July 1909
Djursholm, Sweden
Died24 November 1987(1987-11-24) (aged 78)
Uppsala, Sweden
Anna Britta Vickhoff
(m. 1934)

Gunnar Edvard Heckscher (8 July 1909 – 24 November 1987) was a Swedish political scientist and leader of the Conservative Party (Högerpartiet), which later became the Moderate Party.[1]


Heckscher was born in

PhD 1934, the same year he married Anna Britta Vickhoff.[2] He lectured in political science at Uppsala between 1933 and 1941 and at what later became Stockholm University between 1941 and 1948.[3] He was Dean of the Social Institute of Stockholm
1945–1954. He became a professor in 1948 and worked at both the Social Institute and at Stockholm University.

Heckscher was a member of the

Riksdag's Andra kammare (lower house) for Stockholm between 1957 and 1965.[4]

After having been deputy chairman, Heckscher was elected leader of the party in 1961 and served until 1965. He was an early supporter of Swedish membership of the

European Community
. He was later the Swedish
ambassador to India from 1965 to 1970 and Japan from 1970 to 1975.[4]

In 1987, he was awarded the Illis quorum.[5]

Heckscher died in Uppsala on 24 November 1987 and is buried at Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm.[6][7] One of his sons is Sten Heckscher,[8] Social Democratic politician and later National Police Commissioner.


  1. ^ Heckscher, Gunnar i Vem är det (1985)
  2. OCLC 70824653
  3. OCLC 830323624.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link
  4. ^
    Store norske leksikon
    (in Norwegian Bokmål), retrieved 2022-05-20
  5. ^ "Regeringens belöningsmedaljer och regeringens utmärkelse: Professors namn". Regeringskansliet (in Swedish). January 2006. Archived from the original on 2021-11-02. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  6. ^ "Heckscher, Gunnar Edvard". Sveriges dödbok 1901–2009 (in Swedish) (DVD-ROM 5.00 ed.). Sveriges Släktforskarförbund. 2010.
  7. ^ "Heckscher, GUNNAR EDVARD". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2022-05-20.
  8. OCLC 469167658.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link
Party political offices
Preceded by Chairperson of the Rightist Party
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by Ambassador of Sweden to India
Succeeded by
Preceded by Ambassador of Sweden to Japan
Succeeded by
Preceded by Ambassador of Sweden to South Korea
Succeeded by