Niels Treschow

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Niels Treschow.

Niels (Nicolai) Treschow (1751 – 22 September 1833) was a Norwegian philosopher and politician.

Treschow was born in Strømsø, now part of Drammen. He became a professor at the newly established University of Oslo in 1813 and as one of initially only five professors was influential in forming the university during its first periode.

He served as Minister of Education and Church Affairs 1814-1816, 1817-1819, 1820-1822 and 1823-1825, and member of the Council of State Division in Stockholm 1816-1817, 1819-1820, and 1822-1823.

He was elected a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 1790. In 1825, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He died, aged 82, in Aker, now part of Oslo.