Carl Wilhelm Scheele was born in Stralsund in Swedish Pomerania. Many of his papers were written in German, but he settled in Sweden proper, and throughout his career he worked with both languages: German and Swedish. There are some factual differences about details of his life, including the type of school he attended, but most, starting with ANONYMOUS, agree that he had only an elementary education. In his youth, Scheele was said to be shy but hardworking.