Björn Ekwall was born and lived most of his life in Uppsala, Sweden. Here he studied, received his doctorate, worked as a physician, performed his research and coordinated his international efforts at the University, at the Swedish Food Agency and at his private consultancy, CTLU. In Uppsala, his life ended last summer, on 19 August, shortly after he had turned 60.
When Cleo Paskal, Bill Russell’s literary executor, telephoned to inform me of his death, my immediate reaction was one of surprise and shock. I then began to wonder what FRAME and ATLA might do to ensure that his legacy to science and humanity would be properly recognised and built upon. I began to recall some of my own special experiences in interacting with him, and I knew that many others, not only in my own field of alternatives to animal experimentation, but in a variety of other aspects of human activity and endeavour, would also have their own particular recollections.