Tage Konrad Leopold Larsson
Biography of Tage Konrad Leopold Larsson
This obituary of Tage Konrad Leopold Larsson, written by Jan Jung, is from the Newsletter of the ISI - International Statistical Institute, volume 23 number 1, 1999.
Tage K.L. Larsson (1905-1998)
Tage K.L. Larsson, the oldest Swedish member of the ISI, died on the 15th of July, 1998. He was born in 1905, matriculated in 1923 at the University of Lund and graduated in 1927. In 1933 he became Licentiate of Philosophy in Statistics.
With his unusual intellectual capacity Tage Larsson might have made a university career but he also had the ideal background for a life insurance actuary. When the well-known life insurance company “Skandia” offered him a position as actuary, he accepted and started his work in 1935. He soon also mastered the non-actuarial areas of life insurance, became manager and later vice president of “Skandia Life”. He was involved in many committees and organisations and in the middle of the century he was one of the leading life insurance men in Sweden.
In spite of his heavy work load, Tage Larsson still had the capacity to cultivate his scientific interests. In Lund he established contact with a psychiatrist, the late Professor Torsten Sjögren. They enjoyed a fruitful collaboration, where Sjögren’s medical knowledge and Larsson’s statistical analyses led to important new discoveries. From 1949 to 1967 they published eight joint papers on cligopherenic diseases, based on clinical and genetic population studies and they were the first to describe what is now known as the “Larson-Sjögren syndrome”. In 1951 Tage Larsson was promoted to M.D. honoris causa.
In the sixties, Tage Larsson published two monographs: Mortality in Sweden, in which he treated a.o. the problems of secular changes in the definitions of causes of deaths, and together with M.D. Albert Grönberg Diabetes in Sweden, a comprehensive study of clinical diabetes and its late complications.
Although Tage Larsson received many marks of honour during his long life, he was proud of being a member of the ISI.