Classe di Scienze morali, storiche e filologiche
già professore ordinario di Storia della letteratura tedesca nell’Università di Monaco

Socio straniero dal 09/04/2002
Nato a Augsburg il 02/08/1935
Deceduto il 18/01/2019

Curriculum vitae

He obtained his Ph.D. in 1961 and qualified as post-doctoral lecturer in 1969 at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. After having worked as scientific research assistant and lecturer at the universities of Munich, Bochum, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Muenster, he was appointed as Full Professor at the University of Trier-Kaiserslautern in 1970. In 1974, he went to Ludwig Maximilians University Munich as Full Professor for History of German Literature. Wolfgang Frühwald was distinguished Max Kade Visiting Professor at the University of Indiana (Bloomington, USA) in 1985, Degussa Visiting Professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt in 2002, and Gutenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Mainz in 2003. Since fall 2003 he is professor emeritus.

Wolfgang Frühwald served in many ways as scientific counsel and administrator. He was member of the German Science Council from 1982 to 1987 and member of the Council for Research, Technology and Innovation with the Federal Chancellor from 1994 to 1998. For more than a decade he held offices with the German Research Foundation, initially as elected peer reviewer and head of a review committee, then as member of the Senate and the Joint Committee (1986 - 1991), and finally as President (1992 - 1997). From 1994 to 1996 he was also President of European Heads of Research Councils (Eurohorcs). Wolfgang Frühwald served several times as Dean (in Trier and Munich) and Vice President of Ludwigs Maximilians University Munich. From 1999 to 2007 he was President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

In the course of his career Wolfgang Frühwald has been granted numerous scientific awards. He is corresponding member of the Academies Arts and Sciences in Goettingen, Duesseldorf, and Berlin-Brandenburg, foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Turin and member of the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina (Halle). Among other awards, he was awarded the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and the Arts, the Medal of Merits of the State Baden-Wuerttemberg, and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the State Lower Saxony. He received honorary doctorates from the universities in Dublin (Ireland), Bristol (UK), Jerusalem (Hebrew University), Muenster (Germany) and Sofia (Bulgaria). In 2002, Wolfgang Frühwald was decorated with the Alfried Krupp Scientific Award.



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