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Leonard Wilson Forster

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Leonard Wilson Forster (30 March 1913 – 18 April 1997) was Professor of German at University College London, and Schröder Professor of German at the University of Cambridge.[1][2]

Life and work

Born in London, Forster was godchild (and son) of Leonard Llewelyn Bulkeley Williams. Forster studied at Marlborough College, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages (a contemporary of Donald MacLean) and from where he obtained his BA in 1934 and MA in 1938, and the University of Basel, where he was awarded a PhD in 1938.[2] During his studies, he served as English lector at the University of Leipzig in 1934, at the University of Königsberg from 1935 to 1936, and the University of Basel from 1936 to 1938.[2]

During World War II he worked as an intelligence assessor/translator at Bletchley Park, with the rank of Lieutenant commander of the Royal Naval Reserve.[2]

Academia

Forster was a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1937/1938–1950 and 1961–1997,[1][2] a University Lecturer in German at Cambridge University in 1947–1950, and Professor of German at University College London in 1950–1961.[1][2] In 1961 he became the Schröder Professor of German at Cambridge University, where he worked until 1979.[1][2] He was also the President of the International Association for German Studies (Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik, IVG) from 1970 to 1975.[1][2] In 1976, he became a Fellow of the British Academy.[1] He was for many years editor of German Life and Letters, whose most famous subscriber is perhaps John le Carré's character George Smiley.

Family

He married Jeanne Marie Louise Billeter of Basel in 1939 and they had one son and two daughters.[1] He died in Cambridge in 1997.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: Professor Leonard Forster". 26 April 1997.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Leonard W. Forster Papers – The Institute of Modern Languages Research". modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk.


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