Axel Fredrik Enström

Axel Fredrik Enström (August 21, 1875 – March 31, 1948), was a Swedish electrical engineer and civil servant.


He was born on August 21, 1875 in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology. He later earned a Ph.D. from Uppsala University. From 1896 to 1908 he taught physics and electrical engineering at Royal Institute of Technology. From 1903-1916 he was a partner in an electrical testing station and he carried out consulting and investigative activities in the electrotechnical field for Sweden. In 1916 Enström was appointed to the National Board of Trade.[1][2]

In 1918, he took the initiative to form the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and in 1919 was appointed IVA's first president, and was at the same time given the title of professor. He served as president until 1940.[3] In 1922, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

He died on March 31, 1948 in Sweden.


  1. Svenskt porträttgalleri. 1902. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
  2. "Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers". Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 1949. Professor Axel Fredrik Enstrom, whose death occurred on 31st March 1948, was born in Sweden in 1875, and was well known as an outstanding electrical and mechanical engineer, with a large and varied range of scientific interests. ...
  3. Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien: IVAs VDar Archived 2012-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on April 8, 2009 (in Swedish)
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