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Heinrich Stammler

Professor, Deceased
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Remarks by Edith W. Clowes

Remarks by Marc L. Greenberg

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.


KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program is one of only 12 federally-funded national resource centers in the US
Only doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures between the Mississippi and the West Coast
100% of graduate students in the Slavic program had funding in academic year 2012-13
KU's Libraries house over 500,000 volumes of Slavic books and electronic editions
Two of the department’s last four doctoral candidates have won a Fulbright grants to conduct dissertation research abroad