1980 Helmuth Lehmann-Haupt

Book Historian and University Professor / Columbia, MO, USA

Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, born in Berlin in 1903 and deceased in Columbia in 1992, was a German-American book scholar and author. After completing his studies, in 1928 he was a volunteer at the Gutenberg Museum. When the book scholar moved to the United States of America in 1929, inspired by the American print historian John Clyde, he initially worked for the Encyclopedia Britannica and later worked as a curator in the Department of Rare Books at the Columbia University Library. Of particular importance to him in terms of creating the basis for the expansion of the West German book trade by relocating in 1945 in the service of the US Army publishers and book holdings to Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. In 1980 he was awarded the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Mainz and the international Gutenberg Society, for "working as a scholar but also as a man of action".