Ewald, Heinrich Georg August von

BORN 16 Nov 1803, Göttingen, Niedersachsen - DIED 4 May 1875, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Göttingen, Niedersachsen: Bartholomäus-Friedhof, Weender Landstraße

Heinrich Ewald was the son of the clothier Heinrich Andreas Ewald. He studied Theology as well as Oriental Studies in Göttingen. During his studies he worked as a teacher in Wolfenbüttel and he studied the oriental manuscripts in the Herzog August Bibliothek.

In 1827 he became an associate professor. In 1830 he married Minna Gauss, a daughter of C.F .Gauss. In 1831 he became full professor of Old Testament and in 1835 professor of Oriental languages. In 1837 he was one of the Götttinger Seven who protested against an amendment of the constitution and he was dismissed by king Ernst August I of Hannover.

He was appointed professor of philosophy in Tübingen in 1838 and in 1841 he switched to theology. In 1848 he returned to Göttingen and once more taught theology as well as oriental studies. In 1867 Hanover was annexed by Prussia, but Ewald was against German unification and refused to take an oath. He was excluded from the faculty oof arts but he held his salary and was allowed to teach. After his "The praise of the king and the people" (1868) he lost his teacher's license. He remained opposed to Prussian militarism until the end of his life. He died in 1875 in Göttingen.


The grave of Heinrich Ewald at the Bartholomäus-Friedhof, Göttingen.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2017)


Heinrich Ewald – Wikipedia
Heinrich Ewald - Wikipedia

Eysoldt, Gertrud

Published: 10 May 2018
Last update: 10 May 2018