Giesecke & Devrient Stiftung

Professor Klaus-Dieter Lehmann

Professor Klaus-Dieter Lehmann has been President of the Goethe Institute since 1 April 2008. Born in 1940 in Breslau, he studied physics and mathematics and passed his state examination in library science before joining Frankfurt’s City and University Library in 1973, where he was First Deputy Director until 1978 and Senior Library Director until 1988. In 1988 he became Director General of the German Library in Frankfurt, which he merged with its Leipzig counterpart in 1990 to create the German National Library. From 1998 to 2000, he was President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin, one of the largest cultural institutions in the world.

Professor Lehmann is an Honorary Professor at the University of Frankfurt and the Humboldt University of Berlin, a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Munich. He has received Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit, as well as high honours from France, Austria and Italy.