Prof. Stammler was born Dec. 15, 1912, in Jena, Germany. He attended Humanistisches Gymnasium at Hanover and Greifswald, Germany, and later the Universities of Greifswald, Prague and Munich, where he received his Ph.D. in 1937. He was attached to the German embassies in Moscow and Sofia, Bulgaria. He immigrated to the United States in 1953. An assistant professor at Northwestern University from 1954 to 1960, he came as an associate professor to Kansas University in 1960. In 1962 he became the first chair of the newly created Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His fields of research and special interests were Slavic literary and intellectual history, comparative literature and Eastern churches. He was a visiting professor at various universities in the United States and abroad. He published numerous articles in academic journals in the U.S. and Europe, and was a translator and poet.
He passed away November 29, 2006 in Lawrence, Kansas.