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Former Vice-Chancellor Jan Ling Has Passed Away


Jan Ling, Professor Emeritus of Musicology and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, unexpectedly passed away Thursday.

‘I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Jan Ling. He was a fantastic person with many talents. Jan contributed greatly to the University of Gothenburg, both internally at the University and externally. He also served as our Vice-Chancellor for six years in the 1990s. I had the privilege of getting to know January Ling and have received a lot of good advice from him over the years,’ says Vice-Chancellor Pam Fredman.

‘Jan Ling was a dynamic and enthusiastic music researcher with a large Scandinavian and international network. He had a genuine interest and was tremendously knowledgeable in the areas of music theory, music sociology and music history. He established the subject of musicology at the University of Gothenburg and served a very important role for uncountable teachers and musicology students as a particularly enthusiastic and resourceful professor,’ says Olle Edström, Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the Department of Cultural Sciences.

Jan Ling became Professor of Musicology at the University of Gothenburg in 1977 and served as Vice-Chancellor 1992-1997. He stayed active his whole life and had just published a book titled Musiken som tidsspegel. Tolv essäer om musiken kring sekelskiftet 1900.

Jan Ling died unexpectedly on 3 October 2013. He was 79 years old.