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General Information

Name:  Hanna Holborn Grey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1930 in Heidelberg, Germany


Illinois Connection

Hanna Grey was president of he University of Chicago from 1978 to 1993.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hanna Greythe daughter of Hajo Holborn, a professor of European history who fled to America from Nazi Germany, and Annemarie Bettmann, a philologist. She attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and traveled to Oxford as a Fulbright Scholar. She met and married Charles Montgomery Gray in 1954 while both were graduate students at Harvard University, earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1957, and taught there, becoming an assistant professor in 1959.She was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in 1972, and became professor of history at, and Provost of, Yale University in 1974. She served as acting President of Yale University for fourteen months.Gray then returned to the University of Chicago, serving as president from 1978 to 1993, and, in that capacity, was the first female (full) president of a major university in the United States.She retired in June 1993, but remains Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita and continues to offer advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in history. Her husband Charles Gray died in April 2011.She moved to Chicago when her husband obtained a position at the University of Chicago and she herself obtained a position there, becoming a tenured faculty member in 1964.

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