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1Name:  Dr. David Wellbery
 Institution:  Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
 Year Elected:  2020
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  402b
 Residency:  resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1947
Born in Cooperstown, New York in 1947, David Wellbery received his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton (1969) and his Ph.D. from Yale University (1977). From 1975 to 1989, he was on the faculty in German Studies and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. From 1990 to 2001, he was the William Kurrelmeyer Professor of German at Johns Hopkins University. In 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he holds the LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professorship in Germanic Studies and the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought. At Chicago, Wellbery also directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture. He has held guest professorships at Princeton University, the Universities of Bonn and Copenhagen, and the State University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1989-90, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin; from 1994 to 1996, he was a regular Visiting Researcher at the Center for Literary Research in Berlin; in 2003-4, he was a Fellow at the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich. He has been a Corresponding Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences since 2008. In 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the German Academy for Language and Literature. In 2012, he became a member of the German National Academy of Science (Leopoldina). Wellbery holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Constance (2010). He is the recipient of the Research Prize of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (2005), the Jacob-and-Wilhelm-Grimm Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service (2010), and the Golden Medaille of the Goethe Society in Weimar (2019). Since 1998, Wellbery has served as co-editor of the Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2020.
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