Who was Johan Skytte?
Baron Johan Skytte (1577–1645) was a Swedish statesman and governor-general of Livonia. He was born in Nyköping, where his father was the mayor. After studying in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, he was hired as a tutor for the crown prince of Sweden, later to become King Gustav II Adolf.
Johan Skytte was the initiator of the idea of founding a university in Tartu, and since 1632, the first chancellor of the Tartu University. In his inaugural address he said that besides noblemen and burgesses the peasants, too, should have the right to study at the university. Jakob Skytte, the son of Johan Skytte, was a student of the University of Tartu, and at the same time the first rector (rector illustris) of it.