Thursday, December 25, 2008

William Chalmers

William Chalmers (November 13, 1748July 3, 1811) was a Swedish merchant and freemason. He was born in Gothenburg in 1748 as the son of the Scottish merchant, William Chalmers, Sr., and his Swedish wife, Inga Orre. He became a director of the Swedish East India Company and in 1783 he was appointed as their resident representative in Canton. He would stay there and in Macau for ten years before returning home. He died in Gothenburg in 1811 leaving in his will the bequest for an “Industrial School”, which in 1829 became what today is named the Chalmers University of Technology.

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