Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation:

Waldemar Pfeiffer - Honorary President of the Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum

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In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum, the General Annual Meeting elected professor Waldemar Pfeiffer, a longtime President of the Board, an Honorary Member of the Association.

Professor Waldemar Pfeiffer was born on 30th October 1938 in Poznań. He graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University, German Philology, in 1966. He is a fellow of a number of research fellowship programmes of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which enabled him to carry out research at many academic sites, for example in the Universities of Bonn and Munich (1978), in Heidelberg (1984) and in Bochum (1988). Waldemar Pfeiffer taught at many foreign universities, e.g. in Australia, Denmark, the USA and Japan. For his distinguished contributions and achievements, he was awarded the Ludwik Zabrocki Medal of the Polish Neophilological Society (1986), the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta Ordens (1998) and the Cross of the Order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1999). He was a member of the Founding Senate of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and an initiator and Scientific Director of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice. Professor Pfeiffer was also the originator of the Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum and the Chair of the Founding Committee which was established in Poznań on 1st July, 1989. He held the office of the President of the Association for three terms. In 1998 he was awarded the Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum medal, and in 2009 was elected an Honorary Member.

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