Prof. Dr. MIHAI ISBASESCU


Born: 14 January 1915, Bucharest, Romania

Education: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (1932-1936); B. Litt. (1936), LL. B. (1936); Ph. D. in Mediaeval Literature, Tübingen (1939).

Field of Research:
-German language and literature.
 

Major scientific achievements:
- Historical studies of the German language and literature;
- Studies of German dialects in Romania;
- lexicography, contrastive studies and translations from the German and Romanian.

Professional record:
- Assistant lecturer and professor, Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, University of Bucharest (1939-1940);
- Professor of German, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (1940-1945);
- Assistant lecturer, professor (intermitently 1946-1951; 1970-1985), Department of the German Language and Literature,
  University of Bucharest, chief of that Department (1970-1985);
- Lecturer and professor at the Department (1955-1970) of Foreign Languages at the Civil Engineering Institute, chief of that
  Department (1958-1970);
- Editor and coordinator of the German-Romanian Dictionary of the Romanian Academy (1955-1966);
- Editor and coordinator of the Siebenbürgischsächsisches Wörterbuch (1965-1977);
- Chief of the Department of Germanic Languages, Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest (1964-1985).

Membership:
- Romanian Writer's Unio, (1955);
- Corresponding member of the Institut für deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, and member of its scientific council in the seventies,
  Internationale Vereinigung für Germanische Sprachund Literaturwissenschaft, Gesellschaft der Germanisten Rumänies, etc.

Awards:
- Preis der jungen Germanisten des Goethe-Instituts (1941, München), Goethe-Medaille in Gold (1970, München),
- Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse (1971, Germany),
- Prize of the Romanian Writers' Union for the best translation of Th. Mann's Köngliche Hochheit (1975) and for the best
  translations from German literature (1979),
- Humboldt Medal of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1985).

Humboldt Research Fellowship: Germanistics (1937-1939);
Host Institutes: Germanistics, Universität Tübingen;
Follow-up sponsorship: Different stages mainly beginning with the seventies in Köln, Mannheim, Frankfurt/Main, Bonn.
Donations: by the Humboldt Foundation and support mainly connected with the project "German-Romanian Contrastive
  Grammar" (books, a photocopier, type writers, phonoapparatus etc.) for the Department of the German Language,
  University of Bucharest.
 
 

SELECTED LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

Books

Translations from German literature into Romanian: