Hanna Holborn Gray
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|Hanna Holborn Gray|
|President of the University of Chicago|
|Term||1978 – 1993|
|Predecessor||John T. Wilson|
|Successor||Hugo F. Sonnenschein|
|President of Yale University|
|Term||1977 – 1978|
|Predecessor||Kingman Brewster, Jr.|
|Successor||A. Bartlett Giamatti|
October 25, 1930 |
Hanna Holborn Gray (born October 25, 1930), is a historian of political thought in the area of the Renaissance and Reformation, and an emerita professor and former President of the University of Chicago.
Gray was born in Heidelberg, Germany, the daughter of Hajo Holborn, a professor of European history who fled to America from Nazi Germany, and Annemarie Bettmann, a philologist. She attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and traveled to Oxford as a Fulbright Scholar. She met and married Charles Montgomery Gray in 1954 while both were graduate students at Harvard University, earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1957, and taught there, becoming an assistant professor in 1959.
She moved to Chicago when her husband obtained a position at the University of Chicago and she herself obtained a position there, becoming a tenured faculty member in 1964. From 1966-1970, she served as a co-editor of the Journal of Modern History with her husband Charles.
Gray rose to prominence as an administrator when she was appointed to a committee to investigate whether a sociology professor had been denied tenure because of her gender and political sympathies.
She was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in 1972, and became professor of history at, and Provost of, Yale University in 1974. She served as acting President of Yale University for fourteen months after President Kingman Brewster accepted an unanticipated appointment as United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
Gray then returned to the University of Chicago, serving as president from 1978 to 1993, and, in that capacity, was the first female (full) president of a major university in the United States.
She retired in June 1993, but remains Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita and continues to offer advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in history. Her husband Charles Gray died in April 2011.
She has also served as a Director, Board Member or Trustee of various institutions, including the Harvard Corporation, the Yale Corporation, the Smithsonian Institution, JP Morgan Chase, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Marlboro School of Music, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Concord Coalition, the Mayo Clinic, the Brookings Institution, and Bryn Mawr.
She is a recipient of over 60 honorary degrees, from schools such as the University of Chicago, The College of William and Mary, Harvard, Oxford, Yale University, Brown, Columbia, Princeton, and Duke.
A portrait of Hanna Gray hanging at the University of Chicago has infamously been stolen on more than one occasion as a prank.
- Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, 1955–1957
- Instructor, Harvard University, 1957–1959
- Assistant Professor, Harvard University, 1959–1960
- Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago 1961-1964
- Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago 1964-1972
- Professor of History at Yale University 1974-1978
- Provost of Yale University 1974-1978
- Acting President of Yale University 1977-1978
- Professor of History at the University of Chicago 1978
- President of the University of Chicago 1978-1993
- Appointed to the Harvard Corporation, 1997
- Kelley, Brooks Mather. (1999). Yale: A History. New Haven: Yale University Press. 10-ISBN 0-300-07843-9: 13-ISBN 978-0-300-07843-5; OCLC 810552
- Leavitt, Judith A. (1985). American Women Managers and Administrators: a Selective Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Leaders in Business, Education, and Government. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. 10-ISBN 0313237484; 13-ISBN 978-0-313-23748-5; OCLC 10878509
- Shoichet, Catherine. "Gray Matters: Nearly 50 years after she first honed her teaching skills at Harvard, Hanna H. Gray has wisdom to share," Harvard Crimson. June 5, 2003.
- Dan David Prize (includes photo)
Kingman Brewster, Jr.
|President of Yale University
A. Bartlett Giamatti
John T. Wilson
|President of the University of Chicago
Hugo F. Sonnenschein