Gunnar Heckscher

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Gunnar Heckscher
Gunnar Heckscher 1959.JPG
Born (1909-07-08)8 July 1909
Djursholm, Sweden
Died 24 November 1987(1987-11-24) (aged 78)
Uppsala, Sweden
Children Sten Heckscher
Ivar Heckscher
Einar Heckscher
Eva Heckscher
David Heckscher

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

Biography[edit]

Heckscher was born in Djursholm, son of economist Eli Heckscher. He graduated from Uppsala University in 1927 and obtained a PhD 1934. He lectured in political science at Uppsala between 1933 and 1941 and at what later became Stockholm University between 1941 and 1948. 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 for Stockholm between 1957 and 1965.

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 1965-1970 and Japan 1970-1975.

Heckscher died in Uppsala on 24 November 1987. One of his sons is Sten Heckscher, Social Democratic politician and later national chief of the Swedish police (Rikspolischef) .

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jarl Hjalmarson
Chairperson of the Rightist Party
1961–1965
Succeeded by
Yngve Holmberg
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Klas Böök
Ambassador of Sweden to India
1965–1970
Succeeded by
Axel Lewenhaupt
Preceded by
Karl Fredrik Almqvist
Ambassador of Sweden to Japan
1970–1975
Succeeded by
Bengt Odevall
Preceded by
Karl Fredrik Almqvist
Ambassador of Sweden to South Korea
1970–1975
Succeeded by
Bengt Odevall