Prof. Dr. Hans Sauer

Prof. Dr. Hans Sauer + 31. Mai 2022

Wir haben die traurige Pflicht, Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass Professor Dr. Hans Sauer am Dienstag, den 31. Mai 2022, plötzlich und völlig unerwartet an den Folgen einer Hirnblutung verstorben ist.

Born on 9 September 1946 in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Hans Sauer attended school there. He studied English, Latin, and German at LMU Munich.

Hans Sauer taught and lectured at many universities in Germany (Würzburg, Dresden, Eichstätt and Munich), in Europe (e.g., Innsbruck, Austria; Brno, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poznan, Lodz, and Katowice, Poland; Palermo, Italy) and worldwide (e.g., Columbus, Ohio, US; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing and Chongqing, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

He was a caring university teacher and supported both his students and his staff beyond the call of duty. Hans Sauer supervised more than 30 dissertations and habilitations, and innumerable M.A. theses.

Hans was a never-ending fountain of knowledge and wisdom. His publications bear witness to his expertise in a wide variety of topics. He published more than 20 books, editions and studies on medieval English texts as well as more than 200 articles. These covered a wide range of subject areas: word-formation; plant names; glossaries and lexicography; Beowulf; especially Beowulf translations and adaptations; the history of linguistics and of English studies; the varieties of English; pidgins and creoles; advertising language; interjections, and binomials.

He was co-editor of Anglia, LexMA (Lexikon des Mittelalters), MET (Middle English Texts), MUSE (formerly TUEPh = Texte und Untersuchungen zur englischen Philologie), and of the book series English and Beyond.

Hans Sauer was a unique person of unparalleled kindness, generosity, and wisdom, of unprejudiced curiosity and open-mindedness, and with a heart of gold, rooted in his deep faith in God. He will be remembered with great admiration and respect, and above all, with much affection. We have lost a great scholar and a wonderful person.

Gaby Waxenberger, Kerstin Majewski, Renate Bauer, Ulrike Krischke and Ursula Lenker

Colleagues wishing to send their condolences can address these to Prof. Dr. Hans Sauer's wife:
Gabriele Sauer, Peter-Dörfler-Straße 4, 82131 Stockdorf (Germany)

Nachruf einer ehemaligen Studentin von Prof. Dr. Sauer:


Englische Sprachwissenschaft, insbesondere Sprachgeschichte, und mittelalterliche englische Literatur; im Ruhestand


Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Schellingstraße 3 (RG)
80799 München

Weitere Informationen


Kritische und kommentierte Textausgaben altenglischer, mittelenglischer und anglolateinischer Texte;
Geschichte der englischen Wortbildung;
Wortbildung und Lexikographie;
altenglische Pflanzennamen;
Varietäten des Englischen;
Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft und Geschichte der Anglistik

Sonstige Tätigkeiten

Studentenaustausch (Betreuung von Socrates und Erasmus-Programmen)


*1946 in Ingolstadt;
Studium in München (1967-1975): Englisch, Latein, Mittellatein;
zwischendurch Assistant Teacher in Bolton/Lancashire (1969/70) und Lektor in London (Westfield College, 1973/74);
1. Staatsexamen (1972), Promotion (1976) und Habilitation (1986) in München;
Assistent etc. in München (1975-1989);
Professor in Würzburg (1989-1993), Dresden (1993-1997) und München (seit 1997);
Gastdozent bzw. Gastprofessor in Eichstätt, Innsbruck, Palermo, Lodz, Columbus/Ohio.

Hans Sauer is emeritus professor of English at the University of Munich (LMU), Germany. Currently he teaches as a professor at the Vistula University in Warsaw, Poland. Another longstanding assignment is at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Other previous posts and assignments (as professor or as visiting professor), some of them for a long time or repeatedly, include (in Germany) Eichstätt, Würzburg, Dresden, (in Europe) Innsbruck, Palermo, Lodz, Poznan, Katowice, (world-wide) Columbus / Ohio, Tokyo, Beijing (Peking), Chongqing, Kuala Lumpur.
His research interests and publications include editions and studies of Medieval English texts, word-formation, glosses, glossaries and lexicography, plant names, Beowulf, especially Beowulf translations and Beowulf films, the history of linguistics and of English studies, varieties of English (advertising language; pidgins and creoles), interjections, and binomials. He was a co-editor of of MUSE (formerly TUEPh = Texte und Untersuchungen zur Englischen Philologie), of Anglia and LexMA (Lexikon des Mittelalters), and he still is a co-editor of MET (Middle English Texts) and of ‘English and Beyond’. For details see the following sections.