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Jakob August Estlander

Born 1831-12-24
Died 1881-03-04

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Biography of Jakob August Estlander

Jakob August Estlander was born in the small commune of Lappfjärd in Österbotten on the Bothnian Bay, between Pori and Vaasa. He was the son of Jakob Jonas Estlander, vicar of Lappfjärd (11785-1854) and his wife Maria Elisabet, née Rislachius (1800-1843.

Estlander entered the University of Helsinfors/Helsinki in 1848 and graduated in philosophy in 1853, and in medicine in 1856. During 1856-1857 he woerked in the Serafimerlasarettet in Stockholm and 1857-1858 held the position of prosektor of anatomy at the University of Helsingfors. Here, in 1858, he became a medicine licentiat and in 1860 professor of clinical surgery at the same college. The same year he was conferred doctor of medicine and surgery.

In 1875, Estlander became a member of the local council, and from 1877 its chairman. The same year he was made a doctor of honour of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Uppsala and in 1879 he was raised to the Finnish nobility.

Estlander undertook several education journeys, attending international congresses and represented the Finnish college on occasions of cultural importance. Besides his lip operation, he is remembered for his sectioning of ribs in cases of chronic empyema. He was the father of Gustaf Estlander  (1876-1930), the 1898 European speed skating champion.

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