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Born in 1940 in Breslau, he studied physics and mathematics and passed his state examination in library science.
In 1988 Lehmann became director of the Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt, the national library of West Germany. Following German reunification he merged the library with its East German counterpart in Leipzig; since 2006, the institution has been known as the German National Library. From 1998 to 2008 he served as president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.
- German Academy for Language and Literature, Member of the Board of Trustees
- German Federal Cultural Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Committee
- Giesecke & Devrient Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Heinz Friedrich Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Cultural Foundation of the Federal States, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees
- Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Ursula Lübbe Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Bertelsmann Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees (2006-2010)
Lehmann was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, in 1996.
- Fischer, Karin (8 July 2008). "Klaus-Dieter Lehmann: "Wir machen eine Sprachoffensive"" (in German). Deutschlandradio. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
- Advisory Committee
- Board of Trustees Giesecke & Devrient Foundation.
- Board of Trustees Heinz Friedrich Foundation.
- Board of Trustees Cultural Foundation of the Federal States.
- Board of Trustees Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.
- Board of Trustees Ursula Lübbe Foundation.
- Neues Kuratoriumsmitglied der Bertelsmann Stiftung Bertelsmann Foundation, press release of November 18, 2010.
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