Elected: 1978
Discipline: Language, Literature and History
Professor William Witte FRSE
William Witte, the distinguished first Professor of German in the University of Aberdeen, who was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1978, died on 22 September 1992.

He was born on 18 February 1907 in Bratislava, which was at that time known as Pressburg and was in the Hungarian half of the old Dual Monarchy. (It later became part of Czechoslovakia, and is now the capital of Slovakia.) Early childhood in Austria and Poland was followed by schooling in Germany and study at the Universities of Munich, Berlin, and Breslau, culminating in the award of a doctorate in Economics (Dr rer pol) by the University of Breslau (then in Germany, now in Poland) in 1930. This international background, combined with his training in economics, gave him an unusual breadth of understanding which informed his subsequent work in German language and literature.

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