It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry Nisbet, Emeritus Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

Barry Nisbet was Professor of Modern Languages (German) at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College from 1982 to 2007, and then Emeritus Fellow of the College.

He was previously Reader in German at the University of Bristol and Professor of German at the University of St Andrews. His speciality was the literature and thought of eighteenth-century Germany and its relation to the European Enlightenment.

Barry had written books on Herder and Goethe, edited seven other books and published some fifty articles and numerous reviews on related topics. He served successively as Germanic Editor and General Editor of Modern Language Review, and was joint General Editor, with Claude Rawson of Yale University, of the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, the last of whose nine volumes appeared in 2013. He had also translated four volumes of works by Hegel and Kant for Cambridge University Press.

In 1998, he was awarded a Humboldt Prize for research on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, on whom he has written a large-scale biography published (in German) in 2008. It was awarded the Hamann Research Prize of the University and city of Münster, and the Einhard Prize for Biography of the Einhard Foundation, Seligenstadt. A revised edition in English was published by OUP in 2013.

Publications, Links, and Resources

Herder and the Philosophy and History of Science (Cambridge 1970)

Goethe and Scientific Thought (London 1972)

(Edition) German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism from Winckelmann to Goethe (Cambridge 1985)

(Translator) Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right (Cambridge 1991)

(Co-editor and translator) Hegel, Political Writings (Cambridge 1999)

(Co-editor) The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume IV, The Eighteenth Century (Cambridge 1997)

(Editor and translator) G.E. Lessing, Philosophical and Theological Writings (Cambridge 2005)

Lessing:Eine Biographie, translated into German by Karl S. Guthke (Munich 2008)

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. His Life, Works, and Thought (Oxford 2013)