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Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:29

In memoriam: Albrecht Neubert (1930 – 2017)

Received through CETRA

We have been informed of the passing away of Professor Albrecht Neubert on 1 June 2017. He died at the age of 87, following a decline of his health over the last few years. Albrecht Neubert has played a significant role in the development of the discipline of Translation Studies, and in particular in the creation of translator training programmes at Leipzig University in Germany where he had worked from the late 1950s until his retirement in 1995. He is one of the most prominent representatives of the ‘Leipzig School’ of Translation Studies, and from the mid-1980s he also had close links with Kent State University, Ohio. His research focused on pragmatic and textual aspects of translation (an excellent illustration of this is the 1992 book Translation as Text, co-authored with Gregory M. Shreve, and widely used in training programmes), but he also addressed wider aspects of translation. His contribution to translation theory and practice was acknowledged by the German Professional Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDŰ) with the publication of two volumes of selected papers.

In 1992, Albrecht Neubert was CETRA (then CERA) Professor. The participants of that year will remember his lectures and his valuable feedback to their projects during tutorials. He has always been very supportive of doctoral students, his colleagues, and cared about the development of Translation Studies.

We are deeply saddened by this loss. He will be much missed.

Christina Schaeffner
Professor Emerita
Aston University

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