Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald
DFG President from 1992 to 1997
Wolfgang Frühwald was born in Augsburg on 2 August 1935 and studied German languages and literatures, history, geography and philosophy at Munich. He gained his doctorate in Modern German Literature in 1961 and his habilitation (venia legendi) in 1969, both at the University of Munich. He then worked as research assistant and lecturer at Munich, Bochum, Erlangen-Nürnberg and Münster/W. In 1970, Frühwald was appointed as Full Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Trier-Kaiserslautern. In 1974, he took up a chair at the University of Munich. In 1985 he was a visiting professor at the University of Indiana (Bloomington, USA).
Wolfgang Frühwald died on 18 January 2019.
Corresponding member of various academies of sciences and humanities: Göttingen, Düsseldorf and Berlin; Member of the Academia Europaea (since 1992), Chairman of the Commission "Society 2000" of the State of Baden-Württemberg (Kommission "Gesellschaft 2000"), of the Scientific Commission of the State of Lower Saxony (Wissenschaftliche Kommission des Landes Niedersachsen) and of the Advisory Board of the Bavarian Minister for Research, Science and the Arts (Wissenschaftliche Beirats des Bayerischen Staatsministers für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst).
Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1998), Bavarian Order of Merit (Bayerischer Verdienstorden) (1995), Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and the Arts (Bayerischer Maximilians Orden für Wissenschaft und Kunst) (1999), Honorary Member of the American Association of German Studies
Universities of Dublin and Bristol (1995)the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997)the University of Münster/W. (1999)
Religious prose of the Middle Ages, German literature of the age of Romanticism, modern German literature, history of science, exile research, science organisations