Inventor of the safety match who never profited from his work because, although it was safer and more reliable, they were also too expensive for most people. He also made waterproof concrete for the Göta Canal and grew silk worms.
He graduated Sweden's Uppsala University in 1806.
In 1827, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
He got married to Augusta Fredrika Vilhelmina Berg in 1827.
Like William Herschel, he was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.